Monday, March 11, 2013
BASKETBALL MELTDOWN in MANILA- Former NBA player BANNED FOR LIFE after choking PBA teammate!
MANILA, Philippines- Watch below the on court meltdown of a former National Basketball Association NBA player Renaldo Balkman apparently losing his mind after an alleged missed foul call in the closing minute of a loss suffered by his team the Petron Blaze Boosters in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)- the country’s premier pro league. The former New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets forward is playing for Petron as an international import.
To summarize this very embarrassing incident- never before seen in the PBA league and this basketball-crazy Philippine archipelago: he bumped two referees, pushed an assistant coach, threw one teammate aside and, most notably and grabbed another by the throat.
The PBA management, acting quickly on the matter, banned Balkman from playing in the PBA for life for his actions that was watched live on TV and went immediately viral on the internet. He was also assessed a fine of P 250,000 for his grave misconduct that shocked the big crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. He earned the distinction of becoming the first import in the last 15 years to be barred for life from the pro league's almost 40 years of existence. Until that fateful Friday game, Balkman was the tournament scoring leader.
The PBA, citing “a culture of accountability", didn't go easy on Balkman even as he issued a public apology in a meeting with the commissioner. The decision took into consideration his track record as a player, including a 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.
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