JUDGING from the words of PBA commissioner Chito Salud, Renaldo Balkman will have a lot of explaining to do if he is to wriggle out of this mess.
A day after Balkman attacked teammates and coaches and angrily confronted referees in an infamous rant that has gone viral on the web, Salud said the Petron import will need a "persuasive explanation to justify" his behavior in the final seconds of a 73-83 loss to Alaska at the Big Dome.
Salud has summoned the former NBA player to appear before him on Monday, after which he will decide on what action to take after one of the most weirdest and wildest meltdowns since in the league's long history.
"From what I have seen, he would need to have a persuasive explanation to justify his behavior before our fans and the sporting public," said Salud in a statement. "As his host, this country deserves a convincing clarification from Mr. Balkman."
In a separate interview with Spin.ph, Salud admitted Balkman's actions were nothing like anything seen in the league before - "Kakaiba ito," he said - and therefore should be dealt with in a different manner.
But this early, Salud has pointed to three violations which the Petron import has to account for - unsportsmanlike behavior, and lack of respect for fellow players and the game.
Still, Salud said he will give Balkman his day in court after the meltdown that came to a head when he tried to choke teammate Arwind Santos, who had tried to pacify him.
Balkman has since apologized for the incident.
"Due process dictates that he be given the chance to be heard," Salud, a lawyer, said. "And he will be heard."
In an angry tone, he added: "Gusto kong marinig ang explanation n'ya."