Allado’s career at risk
MANILA, Philippines – Beleaguered basketball player Don Allado said he was “not himself” when he launched his scathing attack against the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) last Wednesday.
The Barako Bull player said his game-fixing allegations were borne out of his frustrations over his team’s elimination from the PBA Governors’ Cup race.
“It’s not my intention to bring the PBA to all of these. It was my frustration on the refs, missing out bonuses and my contract expiring,” Allado said in PBA.ph.
The Barako Bull Energy missed the cut after suffering a 93-99 defeat to the Powerade Tigers in their do-or-die game last Tuesday.
Allado’s career hangs in the balance since his playing contract is due to expire next month.
“I was alone. I was scared. I had mixed emotions and I felt it was the dead-end. My passion for the game was very high. I made a great mistake,” he said.
“I was not myself [when I made those statements],” he added.
The PBA management has meted a one-conference ban on Allado aside from slapping him with a hefty P500,000 fine.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud said that while the league has accepted Allado’s apology, the Barako Bull player must face the consequences of his actions.
“He was apologetic and reiterated that his passion for the game got the best of him. But while I laud his passion for the game, this kind of behavior can’t be tolerated,” said Salud.
The PBA chief said that during his meeting with Allado, he asked the player to produce proof to back his allegations.
“I also asked Don, in his 13 years in the PBA, if he had any knowledge of game-fixing. Has he ever been approached? The answer was no,” Salud said.
Allado later came out with a statement retracting his game-fixing claims.
“The PBA is the best league in Asia, hands down. There’s no game-fixing. There never was,” Allado said.