MERALCO board of governor Mon Seguismundo on Tuesday made an appeal to all PBA stakeholders to stand united in the wake of the lifetime ban imposed on Petron import Renaldo Balkman and the subsequent move of San Miguel Corp. to "re-evaluate" its participation in the pro league.
“We’d like to see a PBA that has the full participation of all the stakeholders. But then again, that’s a decision for them (SMC) to make,” Seguismundo, also the league vice-chairman next to Robert Non of Ginebra, told Spin.ph.
Segismundo however, stressed that the decision of the commissioner is something that should be respected, Salud being the man tasked to run the affairs of Asia’s first play-for-pay league.
“I would just like to tell commissioner that we are standing by his decision. As far as I’m concerned, we just have to respect his decision. We don’t have to meet again and tackle this issue. And we’re not taking sides here,” he added.
But Seguismundo said he was saddened by the turn of events caused by Balkman’s late-game outburst which saw the 6-foot-6 American-Puerto Rican confront the referees, shove teammates and coaches who tried to pacify him, and later, grab teammate Arwind Santos with a choke hold.
“It’s an unfortunate incident and an isolated incident. But then it’s (an incident) we should now put behind us,” said the Meralco top official.
On Monday, Salud decided to ban the former New York Knick and Denver Nugget forward for life following his action on Friday’s Petron-Alaska Commissioner’s Cup game which the commissioner describes as a `blatant disrespect for game, teams, league, and his host country.”
The PBA chieftain also slapped him a hefty fine amounting to P250,000.