Ban on Balkman lifted

The Philippine Basketball Association has lifted its lifetime ban on Renaldo Balkman.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial gave Balkman a reprieve, five years after his banishment from the local pro league for an outrage during a Petron Blaze-Alaska Milk tussle.

“He wrote a letter of appeal then personally appeared in my office. But I didn’t decide just based on that. I solicited the thoughts of Commissioner Chito Salud and Arwind Santos. Both gave their thumbs up for the lifting of the ban,” said Marcial.

“I trust that he has learned his lesson and has become a better person and a more disciplined athlete. Good luck to him,” said Salud, for his part.