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Balkman remorseful, asks forgiveness

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MANILA, Philippines - Petron import Renaldo Balkman went from hero to heel in throwing a tantrum late in the Blaze Boosters’ 83-73 loss to Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Friday but appealed for a chance to redeem himself in a public apology expressing remorse and regret after the blow-up.

Balkman was the league’s leading scorer with a 28.2 clip before facing Alaska but could only deliver six points against the Aces. The win brought Alaska back to the top of the standings with a 6-1 record while Petron slipped to third at 5-2.

“I really regret having lost my cool,” said Balkman who played for Denver and New York in a six-year NBA career. “I realize that my action was very wrong and unacceptable. I wish to express my apology to my team and management, the basketball fans and the PBA. I am sincerely sorry.”

Balkman snapped when he was restrained by assistant coach Biboy Ravanes and teammates Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos from confronting the three referees. He pushed everyone away and even put his hands around Santos’ neck. Balkman later sought out Santos and his family, asking forgiveness from his teammate, wife and mother. He apologized for his behavior in the Petron dugout. Balkman will appear as a guest on the AKTV Center during the PBA coverage tonight. He has been summoned to a meeting with PBA Commissioner Chito Salud tomorrow.

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