|Barako Bull center/forward Don Allado and PBA Commissioner Chito Salud.
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Barako Bull player Don Allado was meted a one-conference ban from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for his Twitter rant against the league on Wednesday.
Aside from the ban, the PBA management ordered him to pay P500,000 for his errant tweets.
The league said the fine will be divided as follows: P300,000 to the players' educational trust fund and P200,000 to a charitable institution of his choice.
The 6’6” center/power forward earlier accused the PBA of game fixing shortly after his team’s loss to Powerade.
"I can accept losing to teams. But I can't accept losing because of referees," Allado tweeted. "I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to PBA. In my opinion, the league has little credibility left."
Allado also said "it's a disgrace to be in this league."
PBA commissioner Chito Salud lashed back at the Barako Bull player, citing that the rant was uncharacteristic for a 13-year PBA veteran.
"He's certainly way out of line. He is indicting not just the game officials but the entire organization and membership of the league...his co-players and team officials alike," Salud said.
“It’s a shame. It’s irresponsible coming from a guy that has benefited for 13 years from the league that he now attacks. He’s a PBA player of 13 years and he speaks only today,” the PBA chief added.
Allado later apologized for his outburst.
“I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to Comm Salud & entire PBA for last night's tweets that's now a subject of controversy,” he said through Twitter on Wednesday night.
“As a professional, I should've known better,” he added.
After meeting with Salud on Thursday noon, Allado has retracted his game-fixing claims.
“There is no game-fixing in the PBA, and there never was,” Allado said.
“It was not my intention to blame the whole league. I want to apologize to the whole league, the fans, the players... I hope the fans can forgive me for what happened,” he added.