THE REST — 11 March 2013
Renaldo Balkman Receives Lifetime Ban From Philippine Basketball Association For Choking Teammate

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.

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