The entire Petron team lead by their Head Coach Olsen Racela showed their support earlier today when their import Renaldo Balkman meet Commissioner Chito Salud to face their decision on his meltdown during last Friday’s game vs Alaska Milk.
The decision… Lifetime ban from playing in the PBA with 250k fine.
As per http://pba.inquirer.net, Commissioner Salud sited the following:
“I took into consideration Balkman’s track record 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,” Salud said.
“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,”
Balkman went berserk after playing his worst game in the PBA during last Friday’s game vs. Alaska. He argued with the referees after protesting a non call. He shoved Assistant Coach Biboy Ravanes, his teammates Ronald Tubid & Arwind Santos who tried to calm him down. When Arwind tried to push him back, he chokes him to the disbelief of everyone. This is the first time that an import chokes a local player.. a teammate for that matter.
“The lifetime ban … mabigat since basketball is his profession so pati yung chances niyang makakuha ng contract sa ibang bansa eh maaapektuhan”, said Coach Olsen Racela
Ramon Ang representative of San Miguel Corporation said in Spin.ph “But while the company doesn’t condone the action of the eccentric import, the organization admitted the “incident has been blown out of proportion, and has damaged our good name.”
“As such given the possible long-term effect of this incident to the San Miguel organization’s image, and in consideration of our need to preserve our good reputation, management has decided to re-evaluate the company’s participation in the PBA,”
What SMC to pull out of the PBA? That means no Petron, Ginebra and San Mig Coffee? PBA will not be the same if these 3 teams are no longer in the league. I hope not.
Let’s wait for the updates in this #Petronnovela
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