Ex-NBA player banned in Philippines

Ex-NBA player Renaldo Balkman was banned in the Philippines for choking a teammate. The news about the Petron import slapped with a lifetime ban and huge fine has reached the global scene.

Petron import Renaldo Balkman chokes teammate Arwind Santos
Petron import Renaldo Balkman chokes teammate Arwind Santos
Balkman, who played for the New York Knicks in 2006–2008 and 2011–2012 as well as the Denver Nuggets from 2008 to 2011, is no longer allowed to play in any team in the Philippine Basketball Association, the country’s play-for-pay league.

The former Petron Blaze import attacked his teammates and coaches in the final seconds of the Boosters’ 73-83 loss to the Alaska Aces in the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum last Friday.

After averaging 28 points in his first six outings, a frustrated Balkman struggled with conference low six points during the game which caused him a meltdown that led to an outburst.

He argued with game officials over a non-call, hovered his team’s assistant coach and teammates, and choked Filipino teammate Arwind Santos.

The PBA told Balkman to pay a fine of P250,000.