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Ex-NBA player banned from PBA for life; Renaldo Balkman apologizes but decision was final (Video)

By on Mar 12, 2013 in Asia, Basketball, Sports Comments

Manila, Philippines – An ex-NBA player has been banned from playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for going ballistic and started to push his superior and team mates, as shown in the video below. Renaldo Balkman, a Petron Blaze Boosters import, apologized for his actions but the PBA decision is final.

Renaldo Balkman fight team mates

Renaldo Balkman, holding the neck of Petron
Blaze team mate Arwind Santos

Image Credit: PBA video

As noted in local news this Monday, March 11, 2013, PBA Commissioner Angelico Salud released a statement saying that Renaldo Balkman is banned for life in the PBA and should pay a fine of Php 250,000 for showing disrespect to his team mates and superiors during a game last Friday, March 8.

The incident,which was shown in live TV, happened during the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup game between Alaska Aces and Petron Blaze at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Alaska is leading by 8 points, 81-73, with 21:6 remaining in the fourth quarter. Balkman was seen arguing with a referee over a foul called to him, and made a direct contact with the PBA official.

Petron‘s assistant coach Biboy Ravanes tried to pacify him but Balkman pushed him away. Shortly after, the ex-NBA player approached another referee and continued his plea, but the call was final. And as Balkman went back to the first referee to continue his appeal, team mate Ronald Tubid also tried to control him but he was pushed even harder.

Petron team captain Arwind Santos came near to help control Balkman and hold his hand. The Petron Blaze import continues to talk and the referee turned his back from the scene. Balkman removed Santos‘ hand and the latter blocked his way. Santos was pushed by Balkman, and Santos pushed him back.

Balkman, who used to play for the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets, seemed to have lost control and grabbed the neck of Arwind Santos. Balkman later apologized publicly at the PBA office. He was accompanied by his team mates, who supported him despite the incident. The ex-NBA player also apologized via his Twitter account.

“In arriving at this decision, I took into consideration Balkman‘s track record as a player, including the head-butting incident during a FIBA-Americas game between Puerto Rico and Venezuela and his altercation with the bench of the Alaska Aces during a pre-Season game in Cebu City.” Angelico Salud was quoted in a statement.

“I also took into consideration Balkman‘s evident disregard for local and the host country’s sensibilities highlighted by his choking act on-court in full public view of his own teammate who was trying to pacify him. Stiff as it may be, this decision upholds the tenets of contextual accountability and the over-all interest of the League and the fans.” Salud added.

What do you think of the PBA‘s decision? Was banning Renaldo Balkman for life a reasonable penalty? Or should the situation have been controlled with a better effort earlier before it got worst?

Petron Blaze Boosters import Renaldo Balkman going ballistic with his coach and team mates
Video Credit: interAKTV/YouTube/PBA

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