The Philippine Basketball Association has fined and banned former NY Knick’s player Renaldo Balkman after he choked a teammate who was trying to stop him from going after a referee.

Balkman was fined 250,000 Philippine pesos (about $6,140) for what the PBA called  “initiating threatening physical contact with a referee followed by a prolonged, offensive, belligerent if not aberrant on-court decorum directed toward game officials and his Petron teammates and superiors.” Balkman is banned for life. He immediately started apologizing on Twitter saying:

“I accept all responsibilities for my actions while playing an intense game, I have truly enjoyed my time here playing in the Philippines”


“I would like to apologize to @arwindsotnas a person who I truly respect and would never intentionally harm, my actions were irresponsible”


I respect the Philippine Basketball Association and@PetronBlaze Organization, this situation will never happen again…its a lesson learned

This is a hard lesson to learn, and I hope Balkman is able to move on and have a successful career.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
Angela Davis