• Renaldo Balkman banned from Philippine Basketball Association for life after choking teammate (VIDEO)

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Mar 12, 2013
    Former NBA player Renaldo Balkman has been banned from the professional basketball league in the Philippines for grabbing a teammate around the neck during a game Friday. On Friday, we brought you the odd and disconcerting story of ex-NBA player Renaldo Balkman losing his mind after what he felt was a missed foul call in the closing minute of a loss suffered by the Petron Blaze Boosters, the Philippine Basketball Association team for which he's been playing as an international import. The remorse wasn't enough to avoid harsh consequences, however after a 45-minute meeting with Balkman and a lengthy consultation with Petron team officials, PBA Commissioner Chito Salud on Monday banned the former NBA first-round pick from the Philippine league for life and fined him 250,000 Philippine pesos . It was not immediately clear whether Balkman's ban is permanent. "I would like to apologize to @arwindsotnas a person who I truly respect and would never intentionally harm, my actions were irresponsible," Balkman tweeted. The former New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets forward bumped two referees, pushed an assistant coach, threw one teammate aside and, most notably, grabbed another by the throat. In case you missed it: According to a statement announcing the decision, Salud felt the lifetime ban was justified for "initiating threatening physical contact with a referee followed by a prolonged, offensive, belligerent if not aberrant on-court decorum directed toward game officials and his Petron team mates and superiors," whic
    Source: yahoo.com
    • Balkman chokes teammate; banned by league

      Former NBA player Renaldo Balkman has been banned from the professional basketball league in the Philippines for grabbing a teammate around the neck during a game.
      Source: ESPN.com