PBA decision to overturn Balkman life ban 'ridiculous,' says Alaska owner Uytengsu
"What consideration went into the decision" to lift the ban on Renaldo Balkman, asks Alaska Milk team owner Wilfred Uytengsu. 

THE PBA's decision to overturn the lifetime ban on Renaldo Balkman didn't sit well with Wilfred Uytengsu.

The outspoken Alaska team owner on Wednesday branded as 'ridiculous' the decision to allow the temperamental import to play again, five years after he was banned for life from the pro league for choking a teammate during a game.

"The commissioner's decision to overturn the lifetime ban on Balkman is ridiculous," Uytengsu told SPIN.ph on Tuesday. "What good are sentences if they are simply overturned because the erring party 'apologized?"

Balkman, 33, was handed a P250,000 fine and a lifetime ban after he choked then Petron teammate Arwind Santos, who tried to calm him down after losing his cool over a referee's call in a 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup game against Alaska.

However, a clamor for his pardon gained ground after he made a Philippine comeback by way of Alab Pilipinas, which the Puerto Rican national player led to a maiden Asean Basketball League (ABL) title in tandem with Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee.

On March 27, Commissioner Willie Marcial officially lifted the ban on Balkman after an apology from the import and the concurrence of both Santos and Chito Salud, the former commissioner who handed down the lifetime ban.

Uytengsu questioned the process as well as the consideration that led to the absolute pardon.

"What consideration went into such decision," he asked.

On Tuesday, San Miguel, which retained the signing rights on the import five years after the imposition of the life ban, officially announced that it was bringing in Balkman to replace Troy Gillenwater two games into its Commissioner's Cup campaign.

The former NBA first-round pick is set to make his debut on Saturday in the Beermen's game against Uytengsu's Alaska squad in Dumaguete City. 

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