MANILA, Philippines - After a 99-93 loss to the Powerade in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA), Barako Bull center Don Allado vented on Twitter, expressing his disappointment over the league.
In a series of tweets, Allado accused the league of game-fixing, adding that while he could accept defeat, he couldn't take "losing bcoz (sic) of referees."
[ View the story "Don Allado: '#PBA games are fixed'" on Storify ] Don Allado: '#PBA games are fixed' Storified by Rappler · Tue, Jul 03 2012 22:59:30 I can accept losing to teams. But I can't accept losing bcoz of referees.Don Allado I congratulate the Powerade team tonight for winning. Happy 4 my friends there. : ) Gluck guys!Don Allado I'm the guy that says what others can't. #PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It's a disgrace to be in this league.Don Allado I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to #PBA . In my opinion, this league has little credibility left.Don Allado I feel for #BarakoRepubliq management. They put in time, effort & resources to form a competitive team like this only to be wasted by #PBADon Allado
Allado didn't stop there. After his first tweets, he also started retweeting reactions to his "exposé."
As of Wednesday afternoon, "Don Allado" was a top trending topic in the Philippines.
[ View the story "Netizens react to Don Allado's Twitter "expose"" on Storify ] Netizens react to Don Allado's Twitter "expose" Storified by Rappler · Wed, Jul 04 2012 00:00:56 Don Allado is trending on Twitter. http://pic.twitter.com/G5mKRvcuPaige Occeñola Here are some of the tweets that Don Allado retweeted: @alotofDON I admire the frankness Sir! Keep it up! No one dared to do what you are doing. We are on your side.Beermen For Life @alotofDON that's a very bold statement don. I feel u! Passion 4 the game is put into waste bcoz of game fixing.. Tsk2,,Limuel Rivera #gasolineboys Read @alotofDON timeline. Such a bold guy. Gotta admire the frankness.Francis Bilog You are one brave soul!! I salute you! RT @alotofDON: I'm the guy that says what others can't. (cont) http://tl.gd/i5ccauJohn Christian @alotofDON matagal ng nangyayari to. salamat Don, kala namin walang PBA player na magsasalita. you are one brave guyBrian.Russelle whoaw RT @alotofDON: I'm the guy that says what others can't. #PBA games are fixed. ... It's a disgrace to be in this league.gabriel mercado I wonder how the PBA will react to @alotofDON's statements. Such strong words!Mac Reyes “@alotofDON: I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to #PBA . In my opinion, this league has little credibility left.” wow bud!Jinno Rufino "Don Allado" was a top trending topic in the Philippines Wednesday afternoon. Here's what some people had to say: @alotofDON Stop tweeting. You are either drunk, or drunk. Now go to sleep and regret tom.Paolo Bugia Is Don Allado angry, stupid, or correct with his statements abt the PBA's very credibility in fair games? Does he have evidence? He better!Vince Hizon But if Don Allado makes it through ola this and proves em he was right, my hat's off to you sir for putting your career on the lineJames Teopaco Game of the week: Don Allado vs PBA. Who's got the ball? And more importantly, who's refereeing? :PP!!! Apparently for Don Allado, the truth did not only not set him free, it also cost him alot of money. #PBA #COOKOUTWay Yao Don Allado finally speaks up!! PBA is FIXED!!Mondy Raphy Mukhi Don Allado is the Annabelle Rama of #PBA? @thepbaologist @micohalili @tonyatayde @firequinito @attyball23ralph bibera Don Allado alleges via Twitter that there is game-fixing in PBA. I think he'll get into major trouble. Interesting to see how it plays out.Bob Guerrero Don Allado speaks out on alleged game fixing.Pardon the language but I don't know anyone else who has the balls to do that. @alotofDON #PBACesca Litton @alotofDON Stop tweeting. You are either drunk, or drunk. Now go to sleep and regret tom.Paolo Bugia
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial told GMA News Online that the referee in question, who failed to call a three-second violation during the dying minutes of the game, has been suspended for the rest of the season.
In a text message to Rappler, PBA commissioner Chito Salud said Allado's Twitter outburst was "way out of the line."
He added that Allado was "indicting not just game officials, but the entire organization and membership of the league, his co-players and team officials alike."
"This is a serious accusation, and I don't intend to take it lightly," he said.
A report on Interaksyon meanwhile quoted Marcial as hinting at a heavier-than-usual fine for the Barako center, saying "kulang ang fine at suspension para kay Don Allado sa mga accusations na binitawan niya." (A fine and suspension are not enough considering the accusations he made) -Rappler.com