Balkman allowed to play in the PBA again

The lifetime ban of the PBA on Renaldo Balkman has been lifted.

The PBA announced that Commissioner Willie Marcial has allowed Balkman to play in the PBA again.

Balkman last played in the PBA in March, 2013. During a game between the Alaska Aces and his team back then, Petron Blaze, Balkman got upset with call and approached the referee who he spoke loudly to. He then made contact with the official and had to be restrained by his coaches and teammates. Arwind Santos, his teammate back then, tried to pacify him but it ended up with both players shoving each other and Blakman grabbing Santos by the neck.

Commissioner Marcial shared how Balkman appealed to be able to play again in the article on the PBA website.“He wrote a letter of appeal then personally appeared in my office. But I didn’t decide just based on that. I solicited the thoughts of Commissioner Chito Salud and Arwind Santos. Both gave their thumbs up for the lifting of the ban.”

With the ban lifted, Balkman can now play in the PBA as early as April 22, when the Commissioner’s Cup kicks off. San Miguel Beer, formerly Petron Blaze still holds the rights of first refusal on the multi-talented import.

Balkman has been playing with the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League in the past few months. He’s averaging 23.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.9 blocks in 16 games as Alab Pilipinas’ Power Forward / Center.

“I trust that he has learned his lesson and has become a better person and a more disciplined athlete. Good luck to him,” said Salud.

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