MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud on Thursday warned players and team officials to observe proper decorum on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
"Observe proper decorum decency, and promote the league," Salud said on ANC's "Top Story." "Let's use this tools to promote the league – the league from which they derive their means of livelihood."
Salud’s warning comes a day after Barako Bull center Don Allado caused a firestorm when he alleged on his Twitter account that PBA games were fixed.
Allado has since deleted his controversial tweets, apologized to Salud and the PBA, and retracted his statements. He was fined P500,000 and banned for one conference because of his allegations.
Salud noted that social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are public in nature, and are thus subject to the provisions of the PBA Constitution.
"The PBA Constitution is clear. Any public statement made by a player or any team official which might be detrimental or prejudicial tot best interest of the PBA can be sanctioned by the Office of the Commissioner," he said.
"Now, Twitter, Facebook – clearly public in nature," Salud added.
"Critical comments, comments that are uncalled for, indecent comments, particularly when they run counter to the interest of the league – these will be sanctioned."
Salud said the players and team officials of the PBA should use social media in a responsible manner, especially as their reach extends far beyond the Philippines.
"The social media such as the Twitter and the Facebook are considered public in nature and reaches not just the territorial jurisdiction of the Philippines but even outside," he noted.
"Our players and team officials just have to exercise the highest level of maturity... especially in the heat of competition. These are powerful tools, but these are also dangerous tools if you are irresponsible," Salud added.