Santos mom 'stunned, disappointed' as Balkman says sorry for attack
Petron import Renaldo Balkman approaches Arwind Santos' mom Arceli after the game near the back entrance of the Big Dome to apologize for the attack on the Boosters star. Jerome Ascano

ARWIND Santos’ mother Arceli said she was completely shocked at the sight of her son being choked by his own teammate during Petron's 73-83 loss to the Alaska Aces on Friday night.

An avid Petron supporter since her son was traded to the Boosters (then known as San Miguel Beer) in the 2009 season, Arceli was lost for words when Petron import Renaldo Balkman approached her 20 minutes after the game to apologize for the attack on her son.

The elder Santos later told Spin.ph she was trying to compose herself during the short meeting but just couldn't find the right words to say in English.

But she said if Balkman could only understand Tagalog, she would have wanted to say, “Disappointed ako sa iyo. Bakit mo ginawa iyan sa anak ko? Idol pa naman kita.”

The mother said Balkman’s action easily reminded her of another infamous incident involving Santos in the 2005 UAAP Finals when then La Salle team manager Manny Salgado hit his son at the back of the head during a commotion. 

“Eh yung anak ko, nung binatukan, gusto ko ring pumasok sa court eh. Nagulat din talaga ako sa nakita ko. Di ako agad nakapagsalita,” she added.

The ever-supportive mother later questioned Balkman’s attitude for venting his frustration on his teammates, particularly his son.

“Ganun pala siya eh. Di siya manlalarong may puso. Sabi niya big hearted siya, eh bakit ganun ang pinakita niya?” she said.

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