Renaldo Balkman to Arwind Santos: ‘I’m looking for you. Let’s just talk.’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 11, 2018 06:01 PM
Renaldo Balkman wants to get together with Arwind Santos
Renaldo Balkman’s redemption in the Philippines is underway.
And of course, in that redemption, Arwind Santos has to be involved somehow and someway.
With the San Miguel star already having said he has moved on, it was the Alab Pilipinas’ import turn to show gratitude. “I heard about (what he said). People told me and I just want to thank him,” he told reporters.
He then continued, “Soon to come, I’ll meet him. I’ll meet him over lunch, dinner, or whatever.”
Back in 2013, Balkman was an import in the PBA and was a teammate of Santos in Petron, now known as San Miguel.
In the dying seconds of the Blaze Boosters’ game against Alaska on March 8, the Puerto Rican was livid following what he felt was a non-call by the referees. He wound up shoving game officials, his coaches, and his teammates Ronald Tubid and Santos.
The incident ended with what is the most infamous image Balkman has in the minds of Filipinos – him putting his two hands around the neck of Santos.
Not long after the incident, then-PBA commissioner Chito Salud banned him for life and fined him PhP 250, 000.
Five years after, the six-foot-eight forward said what better way for him and Santos to bury the hatchet by teaming up anew. “That would be great. Not only for him, but for me too. To team up with him again and to go and have another run at it, that would be great,” he said.
Balkman went 5-2 in his time as Petron reinforcement.
Playing without him, the Blaze Boosters then went 3-5, bowing out in the quarterfinals of the Commissioner’s Cup.
While that reunion is just wishful thinking at the moment, the now 33-year-old said that what’s certain is that they have both moved forward from that incident. “With all the things that happened, the past is the past. The time will come (for us to be teammates again) and we’ll see what happens next,” he said.
For now, Balkman just wants to set a man-date with his former teammate. “I haven’t gotten in touch with him, but I’m looking for him,” he said.
And speaking directly to Santos – through reporters, of course – he the continued, “I’m looking for you, man. If you get this message, I’m down here. Maye one day, we can go out and have lunch, dinner, or whatever you want to do. Let’s just talk.”
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