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    Petron vows separate fine for Balkman, but rules out letting import go

    Mar 10, 2013
    A separate fine awaits Renato Balkman at Petron for his outburst on Friday night. Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel Corp. basketball operations chief Robert Non isn’t discounting the possibility of import Renaldo Balkman being fined by management apart from possible sanctions from the league for his outburst against his own teammates at Petron on Sunday night.

    Non declined to make a calculated guess on how much penalty will be slapped on the talented but temperamental import pending his personal appearance before PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Monday.

    The San Miguel executive who’s also the current league Board chairman, earlier told Spin.ph that he expects a hefty fine to be handed out by Salud to Balkman after he lost his temper during Friday’s 73-83 loss to Alaska that led to shoving and choking incidents involving teammates Arwind Santos and Ronald Tubid.

    Non is also non-committal on what future awaits Balkman with the Boosters as Petron won’t be playing its next game  until Saturday against Rain or Shine in Panabo City.

    A Petron insider however, said the team is leaning toward giving Balkman another chance, but the team has warned that he would be given his release papers outright once he committed even the slightest infraction.

    Balkman, on the other hand, said he's ready to face the consequences of his actions, even if it means being sent home by the pro league.

    "I'm ready to face the consequences, even if I'm sent home," said the six-year NBA veteran ahead of his meeting today with Salud.

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    A separate fine awaits Renato Balkman at Petron for his outburst on Friday night. Jerome Ascano
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