THE stunning action of import Renaldo Balkman confronting on the court no less than his Petron teammates – including a choke hold on Arwind Santos - in the final 20 seconds of a lost PBA Commissioner’s Cup game against Alaska Friday night immediately became a trending topic on social networking site Twitter.
Frustrated by the supposed non-call by game officials as he went for a shot against Robert Dozier and Cyrus Baguio, Balkman suddenly lost the plot and went ballistic against game officials, and later on, with teammates Santos and Ronald Tubid, and even deputy coach Biboy Ravanes.
Balkman shoved Tubid, Ravanes, and Santos as they all try in vain to pacify him. The import and Santos later engaged in a shoving incident, before Balkman choked the lanky forward with his right hand to the surprise of the crowd that stayed behind at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
It was a rare scenario hardly seen either in the PBA or in any international cage leagues that it immediately went viral on Twitter.
Here are some of the tweets:
Wow! That cat is outta control!— Josh Reyes (@josh_reyes) March 8, 2013
WOW! That's historic. Magkakampi— Chot Reyes (@coachot) March 8, 2013
That's a first?! #chokehold— Danny Seigle (@dannyseigle42) March 8, 2013
OMG!!! That was crazy!— Richard del Rosario (@charddelrosario) March 8, 2013
I don’t want to stir anything more up, but for those that remember Terrance Leather him and Balkman are both from Tampa— Rob Reyes (@theREALrob22) March 8, 2013
What a strange ending. You don't do that to your teammates.— Doug Kramer (@DougKramer44) March 8, 2013
Wow! Sprewell/Carlesimo part II— Harvey Carey II (@ManilaBlack4) March 8, 2013
Wow balkman. He just pulled a sprewell and choked out his teammate. Petronovela is back on air.— Jared Dillinger (@JDHawaii20) March 8, 2013
Damn what was that about!!!! #Petronverse— joe devance (@jdv_38) March 8, 2013
but i ask: what were the two policemen doing just sitting pretty, watching such an ugly sight?— Rado Dimalibot(@attyball23) March 8, 2013
Where were the guys w/ the yellow shirts that stop players @ halftime so teams don't intercross? & what were the guys in blue doing?— Kelly Williams (@KelWilliams21) March 8, 2013
Wow Meltdown!!— Denzel Bowles (@Denzel_Bowles) March 8, 2013