Late last week, the internet was lit on fire with the video of former NBAer Renaldo Balkman choking his teammate during a game in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He lost his temper over a call by the official, his teammates tried to calm him down, and the rest was history.
Balkman is also history.
Renaldo received a lifetime ban from the PBA for his trangressions. Because he was a middling NBA player, coupled with this incident, it will be tough for him to find more workk. And the interesting thing about it all is that I thought he was a decent, high-engery role-player NBA player. Here’s the explanation the PBA gave:
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.
I do encourage passion for the game but I also want to firmly instill a culture of accountability among our players. If one does something that violates the rules and the norms of sportsmanship and decent behaviour, he will be made accountable.