Balkman banned: PBA slaps Petron import with lifetime ban

Petron Blaze import Renaldo Balkman was penalized with a lifetime ban by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He was also fined P250,000 after he attacked his teammates and coaches during a game.

Balkman blew his temper in the final seconds of the Boosters’ 73-83 loss to the Alaska Aces at the Araneta Coliseum last Friday. Due to frustration caused by his poor performance, the import argued with referees, pushed whoever gets in his way, and ended up choking teammate Arwind Santos.

In a statement, PBA commissioner Chito Salud said he “took into consideration Balkman’s track record as a player” in making the decision, “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.”

Salud explains he likewise took into consideration the import’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.”

A lifetime ban is apparently the ultimate penalty the PBA can slap to an imported player.

“Stiff as it maybe, this decision upholds the tenets of contextual accountability and the over-all interest of the League and the fans,” Salud added.