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‘Too much,’ says Renaldo Balkman’s agent on import’s PBA ban

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PBA/Nuki Sabio

Renaldo Balkman’s agent rued the ban handed down by the PBA on her client on Monday, calling it “too much.”

“Very harsh decision,” wrote agent Sheryl Reyes in a text message to InterAKTV when asked to comment on the sanction.

“It will affect his international market and next job.”

After commissioner Chito Salud met with Balkman, the PBA imposed a ban on the reinforcement, as well as a P250,000 fine for his meltdown last Friday against Alaska. Near the end of that game, the former New York Knicks first round pick confronted game officials, tussled with members of Petron, and got into a shoving match with Boosters co-captain Arwind Santos.

The sequence ended with Balkman grabbing at Santos’ neck before cooler heads prevailed. News of the incident was picked up many major international news outlets.

But Reyes noted that other incidents in the past, such as Wynne Arboleda’s skirmish with a fan in 2010, did not merit a lifetime ban.

“When Arboleda attacked a fan he only got 1 year ban,” added Reyes.

The Arboleda incident, however, happened under the watch of former PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios.

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