MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Don Allado could have been a hero if he succeeded in exposing the alleged irregularities in Asia’s first play-for-pay league, a sports columnist said.
“Kung talagang may alam s'ya at tinweet nya ‘yon, e 'di pagkakaton na n’ya 'yon,” Al Mendoza, a sports columnist for Sun Star, said in an interview with radio dzMM.
“Panindigan na n'ya, magresign na siya, i-expose na n'ya. We're looking for heroes. Kung talagang may game-fixing, s'ya na 'yon,” he added.
Mendoza said the league has been hit by rumors of game-fixing in the past. But none of them were ever proven, he admitted.
“Maraming mga paraan para maluto ang laro… ‘Yun ang mga sapantaha ng mga sports observers, pero mahirap patunayan, wala kasing lumilitaw na magsasabing 'ako, binayaran ako,'" he said.
Following his Twitter allegations of game-fixing in the PBA, Barako Bull’s Allado appeared ready to prove his accusations.
He threatened to “expose” the league if he gets sanctioned for his actions.
“But I hope they sanction me. I will expose them all," Allado said in his twitter account. "I will leave on my own terms. Not theirs."
The player’s outburst stemmed from his team’s loss to Powerade last Tuesday.
Allado, however, retracted his statements and apologized to the league.
“The PBA is the best league in Asia, hands down. There’s no game-fixing. There never was,” he said.
Mendoza lamented Allado’s retraction.
“He lost his chance,” he said. “Kung talagang may alam siya sa game-fixing this is the best time for him to do it.”
Mendoza, however, credited PBA commissioner Chito Salud for his efforts to keep the league free from irregularities.
One of the referees, Peter Balao, was suspended after he missed a three-second call in the crucial moments of the Barako Bull-Powerade game.
“In fairness to Chito Salud, he just punished the referee. Sinuspindi n'ya at may fine. It used to be very protective ang PBA sa mga referee,” said Mendoza.