Notable suspensions in PH basketball
MANILA, Philippines – Barako Bull center Don Allado on Thursday was banned for one conference and fined P500,000 after accusing the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) that their games were fixed.
Allado's suspension is a first in the PBA involving statements made on social media.
Allado fired a series of angry tweets on Wednesday following Barako’s loss to the Powerade Tigers, wherein he claimed that PBA games are fixed and saying that the league had little credibility left.
He has since deleted the tweets and apologized to the PBA, the fans and his fellow players.
Here are other notable suspensions in Philippine basketball:
- Robert Jaworski and Alberto “Big Boy” Reynoso, then playing for Meralco, were given a lifetime ban by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in 1971, after the two players punched referee Joe Obias in a MICAA game between Meralco and Crispa. MICAA also imposed a two-year ban on Jaworski and Reynoso. The BAP later lifted the ban, and both Jaworski and Reynoso returned to the PBA.
- Rudy Distrito, then playing for Sunkist, was suspended for the rest of the 1995 season after committing a dangerous foul on then-Alaska rookie Jeffrey Cariaso in the PBA All-Filipino Finals. The Games and Amusement Board also revoked Distrito’s playing license. He eventually moved to the United States, and in 2007 was found guilty of manslaughter by a Nevada judge, and spent four years in prison. He was eventually paroled and has since returned to the Philippines.
- In April 2003, Red Bull’s Jimwell Torion was suspended indefinitely by then-PBA Commissioner Noli Eala for failing the league’s random drug testing. Torion reportedly tested positive for shabu. He returned to the league, but was suspended anew when he clotheslined Talk 'N Text guard Jimmy Alapag in a game on November 2003. For that, he was given an eight-month suspension and slapped with a P70,000 fine.
- The UAAP banned the De La Salle University for participating in all events of Season 69 after the Green Archers were found to have fielded two ineligible men’s basketball players. The UAAP’s fact-finding committee found the university “guilty of negligence” after it failed to authenticate the documents of Mark Lester Benitez and Timoteo Gatchalian III. La Salle returned to action in UAAP Season 70, wherein they won the men’s basketball championship.
- In 2005, De La Salle team manager Manny Salgado was banned for life by the UAAP Board of Trustees after he hit Far Eastern University player Arwind Santos in the nape with an elbow following the Tamaraws’ 75-73 victory over the Green Archers in Game 1 of the Season 68 Finals. Salgado was also banned from watching all UAAP sports.
- In 2007, the NCAA imposed a one-year suspension on the Philippine Christian University (PCU) after it was found to have fielded a high school basketball player involved in “identity switching.” They were suspended for all events of the NCAA Season 83. The PCU men’s senior basketball team competed in Season 84, but the juniors team was still banned. PCU took an indefinite leave of absence from the NCAA starting Season 85.
- In 2007, Paolo Orbeta of the College of St. Benilde was suspended indefinitely by school officials after he was arrested for allegations of game-fixing.
- Wynne Arboleda of the Burger King was suspended for the rest of the 2009-2010 season after attacking a fan during a game against Smart Gilas in October 2009. At the time, it was the most severe ban meted out by the PBA. He was also fined P20,000 for committing two flagrant fouls during the game and was banned from attending PBA games while serving his suspension. He currently plays for Air21.