Former NBA Player Melts Down, Attacks His Teammates And Coaches

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Former NBA Player Melts Down, Attacks His Teammates And Coaches

 

Flashback: March 8, 2013. Former Knicks and Nuggets player Renaldo Balkman had a complete meltdown in an important game for his team in the  Philippine Basketball Association, attacking his own teammates and coaches.

 

in a game against the Alaska Aces for a battle to earn the top spot, Balkman had a major outburst when he claimed he was fouled after shooting an air ball inside the paint. Balkman argued with the referees, but when his argument was ignored, Gongfu Tea Cup shoved referees and pushed coaches and teammates that tried to calm him. After physically confronting the first referee, assistant coach Biboy Ravanes tried to calm him down but Balkman shoved Ravanes out of the way. After this, he moved to the second referee and again argued and initiated contact. At this point, Ronald Tubid, a teammate of Balkman, tried to get between him and the second referee. Balkman then moved to the third official, while being shadowed by Tubid, until he shoved Tubid out of the way. This is when another teammate, Arwind Santos, tried to intervene by putting himself between the third referee and Balkman. However, Balkman continued with his aggressive behavior, slapping Santos’ arm and eventually shoving him. When Santos pushed him back, Balkman pushed him once again and then grabbed Santos’ neck as their teammates tried to separate them. Balkman later apologized via his Twitter account. He said he apologized to his teammates, Santos and Santos’ family as well as the team’s management, and added,

 

“Everybody does something once in a life, they’re not supposed to do. At the time I blanked out and went at it. It’s my first time ever in my entire life to do that.”

 

On March 11, 2013, Balkman was banned for life from the PBA

 

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