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Philippine Basketball Association bans Renaldo Balkman for life after choking incident

Mar 11, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

Former NBA player Renaldo Balkman is going to get paid to play basketball somewhere in the future, but it’s not going to be in the Philippines.

After snapping —  first shoving then choking a Perton Blaze teammate who was just trying to calm Balkman down during a recent Philippine Basketball Association game — PBA commissioner Chito Salud handed down a fine of 250,000 Philippine Pesos (about $6,150 American) and a lifetime ban from the league for Balkman. Here is Salud’s statement.

In arriving at this decision, I took into consideration Balkman’s track record as a player, 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. I also took into consideration Balkman’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. Stiff as it maybe, this decision upholds the tenets of contextual accountability and the over-all interest of the League and the fans.

Balkman apologized, but that’s going to be too little, too late in this case. Balkman only played seven games in the PBA. Can’t blame the league for this.

Like I said, Balkman — a former Knick and Nugget — is too good a player not go get paid to play somewhere next season. But I feel safe in saying both the Philippines and NBA are going to be out of the picture.

Hat tip to Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie for this story.

  1. LA_RichSprts - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM


  2. southstands1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Can you get him out of the Nuggets’ jersey on the main page? He hasn’t been a member of the Nuggets since early 2011!

    I know it’s not a huge deal, but I don’t want that guy associated with a team I root for! Maybe you can update it with his mug shot?

  3. stoudemelo - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I always liked Balkman as a Knicks fan but this was just stupid. I don’t understand why Stern hasn’t kicked Metta out for all his crap. Good to see them drop the hammer

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      when Sprewell choked PJ, he got a contract extension, Renaldo chokes
      a team mate and gets a ban.

      • jcmeyer10 - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        This league has the gusto to actually punish guys. the NBA just prays they don’t have to come down on stars.

      • JHathwell - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Sprewell got a one year suspension and had his 23.7 million dollar contract voided.

        What on earth are you on about?

    • conjecture101 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      you’re in idiot

  4. iamhoraceknight - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    What Does Metta Have to do with this?

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      nothing but why not blame him too.

    • progress2011 - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      A simple word would be SIMILARITIES !!!!

      The poster noted that an untalented player conducts himself like a criminal….was banned.

      It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to immediately think of the over-rated clown that changed his name to a statement….should have been banned over a decade ago!

      Nevertheless, here we are in 2013 and he is allowed to run around on a basketball floor, looking and acting like an NFL linebacker, elbowing SKILLED PLAYERS in the head and jeopardizing their careers, when his is OVER !

      Kindergarten class…..OUT !!!

  5. fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I didn’t know they had a league, now they ban players, this is unreasonable.

  6. bball1950 - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Putting your hands around someone’s throat is assault and he should be arrested, not just fined.

  7. hqdeezy - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    His behavior and actions were extremely unacceptable so it was a well deserved ban!!

  8. yuwannano - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Dude?!? The Hell is WRONG with you??

    • urodaddy07 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      I think he was joking

  9. jayinatlanta - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    OK, first of all, the banning was 100% appropriate. And what Balkman did was ludicrous and has no place in pro sports.

    That said, I found it pretty ridiculous that the announcers said they couldn’t see a foul against Balkman that would have gotten him upset. There were two fouls: the guy nearest the basket held his arms down, and the other guy came from behind him and swatted down onto his head. I would argue that we see INTENTIONAL fouls in the NBA called with less contact than the guy that swatted him, hard.

    No question Balkman should have been sent to the line, possibly even with an intentional technical (don’t know how they do it in the PBA). And no question that he shouldn’t have reacted with anywhere near this level of anger.

    • hqdeezy - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      IDK what you’re watching, but I did not see a single foul.

  10. patfic15 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Take note Stern. Don’t let the inmates run the asylum.

    • mazblast - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      In The Troll’s NBA, the inmates don’t run the asylum. Little Caesar and his flunkies run it just the way the inmates like it, with liberty and justice for all the stars and their major-market teams.

  11. mcsuave - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Where was all this toughness when he played for the Knicks, or for that matter, the NBA?

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