PBA chief welcomes probe on 'game-fixing' issue

Posted at 07/07/12 8:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud said the league is open to any inquiry that will help shed light on the “game-fixing” allegations raised by Barako player Don Allado in a recent Twitter outburst.

Salud reacted to calls made by several lawmakers asking for a thorough investigation on Allado’s game-fixing allegations.

“I welcome that, kung sa ikabubuti ng liga natin, I welcome that,” the PBA chief said in an interview on dzMM last Friday.

He said he hopes congress will be able to come out with a legislation that will keep the league free from game-fixing.

“I look forward to any proposed legislation para mapaganda pa ang basketball, hindi lang PBA,” said Salud.

Allado accused the league of match fixing after his team, the Barako Bull Energy, was eliminated from the race to the PBA Governors’ Cup semis.

"I can accept losing to teams. But I can't accept losing because of referees," Allado tweeted. "I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to PBA. In my opinion, the league has little credibility left."

Allado also said "it's a disgrace to be in this league."

But the Barako Bull player later recanted his claim and apologized for his outburst.

He said his game-fixing allegations were borne out of frustration.

“I was not myself (when I said those statements),” said Allado.

“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 added.

As a result, he was meted a one-conference ban from the league aside from a hefty P500,000 fine.

“Nauunawaan ko rin ang kalagayan ni Don. Isinaalang alang natin ‘yung frustration niya sa game... it was an emotional outburst, kaya nga I took that instance to remind him and all our players that all times they must exhibit sportsmanship,” said Salud.

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