Renaldo Balkman Philippines – The ban from the PBA
Relnaldo Balkman Philippines – a choking incident with then-Petron teammate Arwind Santos during a Commissioner’s Cup match between the Blaze Boosters and Alaska Aces in 2013 – led to the ban of the 33-year-old from participating in the PBA by then-Commissioner Chito Salud.
Who is Renaldo Balkman Philippines?
Renaldo Miguel Balkman (born July 14, 1984) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player who represented Real Estel Baloncesto in the Liga Superior de Baloncesto and the BCL Americas. He also plays for the national team of Puerto Rico.
He attended the University of South Carolina before being taken by the New York Knicks with the 20th overall choice in the 2006 NBA draft.
He played in many leagues throughout the world since the 2012–13 season, including the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), Mexican LNBP, Venezuelan LPB, and NBA G League, after spending six seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets.
Balkman signed with the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippine Basketball Association on January 9, 2013, to compete in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.
Renaldo Balkman banned from Philippine Basketball Association
Balkman had a significant outburst on March 8, 2013, in a game against the Alaska Aces for the top place, when he claimed he was fouled after shooting an airball inside the paint.
Balkman argued with the officials, but when he was ignored and had aggressive behavior, he shoved officials and pushed coaches and teammates who attempted to calm him down.
Assistant coach Biboy Ravanes attempted to calm the first referee after he was physically confronted, but Balkman shoved Ravanes out of the way. He then proceeded on to the second referee, where he argued and made contact once more.
Balkman’s partner Ronald Tubid attempted to put himself between him and the second referee at this moment. Balkman then moved on to the third official, followed by Tubid, until Tubid was thrown out of the way.
This is when Arwind Santos, another teammate, attempted to intercede by placing himself between the third referee and Balkman. Balkman, on the other hand, proceeded to be aggressive, slapping Santos’ arm and eventually shoving him. Balkman pulled Santos back and then grabbed Santos’ neck as their teammates sought to separate them.
Balkman later apologized for the incident on Twitter and in a statement released by his publicist. After a 45-minute meeting with Balkman and a lengthy deliberation with Petron team officials, PBA Commissioner Chito Salud on Monday suspended Balkman from the Philippine league for life and penalized him 250,000 Philippine pesos (about $6,143).
Balkman’s fine is thought to be the heaviest in PBA history for a non-Filipino “import” player.
Balkman’s PBA career is over after just seven games, barring a reversal of the ban or another Philippine team taking a chance on him; he led Petron to a 5-2 record while averaging 25 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.7 blocks, but he only managed six points in the Friday loss to the Alaska Aces that culminated in his meltdown.
During his first three years in the league, he carved out a small rotation niche as an energetic rebounder, defender, and floor runner in New York and Denver, but he was relegated to the end of the bench after that, earning just 268 minutes in 35 total appearances for the Nuggets and Knicks over the next three seasons.
After a brief 14-game stay with the Knicks during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, he was released, prompting him to pursue international chances.
The lifetime ban lifted
When news broke that former NBA star Renaldo Balkman would be allowed to play in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) again, Filipino basketball fans went crazy on social media.
But, five years after the incident, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial revoked his lifetime ban from the league on Tuesday, March 27.
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