Balkman banned from playing in the PBA

Rodneil Quiteles

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PBA hands down a lifetime ban on Petron import Renaldo Balkman over choking incident

BALKMANIMAL. Petron import Renaldo Balkman strangles teammate Arwind Santos after frustrating loss to Alaska. Photo from PBA Memes Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Lifetime ban.

Ruling on the choking incident last Friday, March 8, 2013, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has banned Petron Blaze Boosters import Renaldo Balkman from playing in the league. 

The NBA veteran will also be asked to pay a fine of Php 250,000. 


In the official statement, Salud said he took into consideration Balkman’s track record as a player. 


Here’s the full statement.

Official statement of PBA Commissioner Chito Salud on Renaldo Balkman's liftime ban. Grabbed from the official Facebook account of the PBA.

Balkman, visibly frustrated over the officiating in their last game against the Alaska Aces where they lost by 10 points, 83-73, took out his anger shoving away coach Biboy Ravanes and teammate Ronald Tubid.

Boosters’ team captain Arwind Santos stepped in to calm the former NBA veteran down but Balkman ended up holding Arwind by the neck. 

Balkman and Santos have made amends, appearing together on live television where the former apologized and insisted that “he is not that guy.” 

Santos asked the PBA, its fans, and the public in general to give the import a second chance.

Balkman was summoned to the Commissioner’s office on Monday, March 11, 2013 to give him the chance to be heard. He was accompanied by entire Petron team as a show of support. 

Balkman graciously accepted the decision thanking fans and his teammates for the support.

Netizens weighed in on the PBA’s decision, most of them saying the import deserved the stiff penalty.

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