Manila, Philippines – The sanctions meted out today by the Philippine Basketball Association on Barako Bull Energy forward Don Carlos Allado will surely be one for the books and a message to all players to be careful the next time they tweet or say something without any evidence to back it up.
The PBA today fined Allado a record P500,000 for his tweet and has been banned for one conference.
This was the result of today’s meeting. Allado was summoned after his controversial tweet made after his team got eliminated by the Powerade Tigers last Tuesday, 99-93.
Allado’s tweet – “PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It’s a disgrace to be in this league,” drew the attention of most PBA fans.
Despite heeded warnings over Twitter by friend Paolo Bugia to stop tweeting, the damage had already been done.
The fine is the largest imposed on a PBA player in league history.
Back in 2006, current RoS coach Yeng Guiao was fined P500,000 as well when he instigated a walkout as then coach of Red Bull in the Philippine Cup finals against San Miguel Beer.
As per the PBA office, the penalties are final and unappealable.
The suspension also bars Allado from participating in PBA-related activities in the Philippine Cup next season.
When asked on whether the sanctions were a bit out of proportion and too much, PBA Commissioner Angelico Salud replied:
“The penalty was imposed with utmost judiciousness and compassion.”
Of the P500,000 penalty, P300,000 will reportedly go to the PBA Players Educational Trust Fund while the rest will be handed to a charitable institution. (Brian Yalung)