After choking one of his teammates last Friday, Renaldo Balkman has been banned from the Philippine Basketball Association by commissioner Chito Salud.
Salud said he took into consideration Balkman's past record as a player, which included a head-butting incident during a FIBA-Americas game between his Puerto Rico side and Venezuela.
"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 team mate who was trying to pacify him," Salud said.
"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 behavior, he will be made accountable."
Balkman has responded to Salud's decision on Twitter, and he's giving us all a big sad-face.
I accept all responsibilities for my actions while playing an intense game, I have truly enjoyed my time here playing in the Philippines— Renaldo Balkman (@R_Balkman32) March 11, 2013
I would like to apologize to @arwindsotnas a person who I truly respect and would never intentionally harm, my actions were irresponsible— Renaldo Balkman (@R_Balkman32) March 11, 2013
I respect the Philippine Basketball Association and @petronblaze Organization, this situation will never happen again...its a lesson learned— Renaldo Balkman (@R_Balkman32) March 11, 2013
I would personally like to thank my fans and teammates who have shown meso much support during this time— Renaldo Balkman (@R_Balkman32) March 11, 2013
Also, Balkman's Twitter bio still claims that he is a member of the New York Knicks. So, double sad-face.