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Renaldo Balkman, former New York Knick and current Philippine Basketball Association player (for now) with the Petron Blaze, is having choker's remorse. Apparently now that he has had time to rethink his actions on the basketball court Thursday night he is experiencing some regret over the whole mess.
It probably doesn't help that videos of the incident have gone viral like this clip that has over 670,000 views:
Balkman has now issued an apology (Big Lead Sports):
“I, Renaldo Balkman, would like to apologize to my
teammates, the fans, the entire Philippines Basketball association, and the
entire Perton Blaze Boosters organization. I would especially like to apologize
to Arwind Santos and his family. I would never intentionally inflict harm on
another human being, especially a teammate who I respect deeply.
My behaviors, during a very intense moment of a heated game,
game as a surprise even to me. It is not in my character to react physically in
any situation and this is the first time I have ever behaved in such a manor.
My actions were out of line and I am ready to fully accept any consequences for
my actions. I hope that the Petron Blaze Boosters management will recognize
this unfortunate situation as a slip up that will never happen again.”
The fact that he still has a job is amazing. Maybe the PBA is hard up for NBA, or former NBA players, that they are willing to accept this kind of behavior. Should this have occurred in the NBA I would think that he would at least be banned for the year if not longer.
Maybe that's why he's released the statement. You have to think that he is playing in the PBA with hopes of getting back into the NBA some day. He was a first round pick (No. 20 overall) back in 2006 so he doesn't suck.
However, no matter how good you are the NBA will not put up with this much bad behavior (LeBron--you are not allowed to test this hypothesis by turning into an angry fool all of sudden, okay?).
The statement is really the only thing he can do to salvage any hopes of making good money playing basketball ever again, but Balkman better not hold his breath in anticipation.
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Tweet Renaldo Balkman was drafted by the Knicks int he first round back in 2006 and went on to have a brief, uneventful career with New York and the Denver Nuggets before traveling overseas to play in the Philippines Basketball Association. Apparently during a late game situation Balkman was agrivated by an official’s call, and [...]
Renaldo Balkman choked his own teammate last week during a game and now he has been banned from playing basketball in the Philippines.
Renaldo Balkman spent six seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, playing only around 14 minutes per game and averaging 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds. To this point, his professional career has been very forgettable. The meltdown he had on Thursday while playing in a Philippine Basketball Association game will likely be remembered forever. According to GMA News...
Reanldo Balkman, who most recently played in the NBA with the Knicks in 2011-12, is currently playing with the Petron Blaze Boosters of the PBA (Philippines Basketball Association). With a minute remaining in Thursday’s game against the Alaska Aces, Balkman went a little nuts after missing a shot and getting no call. First he walks over and initiates contact with the official...
Former New York Knick, Renaldo Balkman – released from the Knicks last season – and he did sign with the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but in a game today, Balkman goes off the deep end. After a no-call towards the end of the game – which was pretty much decided – [...]The post Renaldo Balkman Goes Loco; Chokes Teammate (Video) appeared...
Renaldo Balkman, now playing in the Philippine Basketball Association, lost it last night and ended up shoving and choking his own teammate. This wasn’t at practice, this was during a game.
This has to be one of the biggest meltdowns we’ve seen in professional sports in a long time. According to the YouTube uploader:
With less than a minute left, Petron about to lose the game...
Oh how the life of Renaldo Balkman has changed. Once a fan favorite of the New York Knicks, the former Gamecock is now playing basketball in the Philippines for the Petron Blaze.
During a game with the Alaska Aces, Renaldo became upset when a foul wasn’t called. Instead of just tempering his emotions he decided to take his frustration out on the referees, his own coaches, and...
Ever wonder what happened to Renaldo Balkman? The former Knicks/Nuggets forward is playing for the Petron Blaze Boosters in the Philippines Basketball Association.
But his days in the PBA are likely over. Balkman had an epic meltdown during a recent game in which he choked a teammate who intervened during a confrontation with officials.
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Former NBA player Renaldo Balkman completely lost it during a game recently in the P.B.A. My guess is he won't be getting a 10 day contract in the NBA anytime soon.
Credit Los That Sports Blog for the original find.
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You can’t go Spreewell over in the Philippines without there being some consequences for your actions. Renaldo Balkman is finding that out the hard way.
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, including the head...
According to a report by Reuters, former NBA player Renaldo Balkman has been fined and banned by the Philippine Basketball Association. Yes, that would be correct. Balkman is not allowed [...]
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