- Posted: 10:51 AM, March 8, 2013
Balkman, who plays for the Petron Blaze Boosters in the PBA, became frustrated as his team was losing to the Alaska Aces 80-73 with 21 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
After Balkman missed a shot and fouled a member of the Aces, the former first round draft pick went after three separate referees and an assistant coach before his teammates intervened and attempted to calm down the 6-foot-8 forward.
Blaze Boosters guard Arwind Santos attempted to calm down Balkman before getting shoved and retaliating against his teammate. Balkman then put his hands around Santos’ throat and the two were quickly separated.
Eventually a man who the announcers identified as a friend of Balkman came down from the stands and calmed him down.
Balkman, who the Knicks drafted 20th overall in 2006, spent six seasons playing for the Knicks and Nuggets but appeared in 35 games over his final three seasons in the NBA. Balkman averaged just four points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his NBA career before going to play overseas.
Balkman's PR Firm released a statement of apology (via The Big Lead):
“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, came 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 manner. 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.”