PBA controversy: Renaldo Balkman suspension mulled; Petron import apologizes

The latest PBA controversy involves Petron Blaze import Renaldo Balkman who attacked teammates and coaches following a temper outburst. An official of a sports regulating body mulls the suspension of his license.

Balkman, a former NBA player, went ballistic as his team was losing to Alaska in the PBA Commisioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Friday.

A Yahoo! News report says Balkman was slapped with a technical foul for continuously complaining after he argued with a game official for a no-call in a previous play.

After which he pushed assistant coach Biboy Ravanes and teammate Ronald Tubid before choking teammate Arwind Santos.



The 6-foot-6 Balkman, who averages 28.2 points per game, reportedly got frustrated for a dismal performance. He finished with a conference-low six points. The Boosters lost to the Aces, 73-83.

According to Spin.ph, Games and Amusement Board commissioner Aquil Tamano said they can can “build a case for the suspension or revocation” of Balkman’s license because of his “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Tamano, however, clarified that the GAB will only step in “if the PBA doesn’t take proper action.” He believes the pro-league will solve the issue internally and possibly suspend Balkman after an investigation.

Inquirer News reports that the controversial import had been asked to appaer before the PBA Commissioner’s Office on Monday.

Balkman, on the other hand, issued a statement saying he was sorry for the meltdown.

“I want to express my deepest and sincerest apologies to all the PBA fans, particularly the Petron Blaze Boosters fans, for my behavior during the final seconds of our game against Alaska last Friday. I realize that my actions are wrong and unacceptable,” he said.

In spite of what happened, it was reported that Petron will keep him in its roster of players.

This is not the first time Balkman got himself into trouble. While playing for the New York Knicks in 2008, he was suspended by the NBA for elbowing Sasha Vujacic of the LA Lakers. After the game, the latter reportedly said he felt the elbow was intentional.