San Miguel Corp. mulls pulling teams out of PBA


MANILA, Philippines—Following Petron Blaze import Renaldo Balkman’s lifetime ban in the PBA, San Miguel Corp. has decided “to re-evaluate the company’s continued participation in the PBA.”

In a statement, the SMC group, which owns three storied franchises Barangay Ginebra, Petron and San Mig Coffee, said Balkman’s choking incident “has been blown out of proportion and has damaged our good name.”

“Already, news of the incident has spread throughout the country and overseas through traditional and online media. Our reputation is of utmost importance to us because we have worked hard to cultivate this good name through the decades. But it takes only one unfortunate incident like this to undo all our efforts.”

The group also handed out apologies to the fans and the PBA for Balkman’s actions and said it accepts PBA Commissioner Chito Salud’s decision.

“We do not condone his actions. The mandate of our basketball operations has always been to entertain basketball fans and foster camaraderie and a spirit of healthy competition. We pride ourselves in having great teams who serve as good role models to the youth and community.”

“As such, given the possible long-term effect of this incident to the San Miguel organization’s image, and in consideration of our need to preserve our good reputation, Management has decided to re-evaluate the company’s continuing participation in the PBA.”

“Moving forward, we believe sports is a pillar of Philippine society and we will continue to support it and Filipino athletes in general in meaningful ways in and out of the PBA.”

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  • Jim Carlo Laureano

     If they pull out san naman nila dadalhin yung mga players at iba pang employee ng tatlong teams nila?? Sa ABL???? Hahahaha

  • wilfred_1972

    Veiled Threat!  PBA is not SMC…might as well pull out and see what happens…if I remember it right most of those who left the PBA never regained their stature as a viable brand name.  Remember, the PBA is not the business franchises…but the people that patronize this basketball-craze country…so SMC good riddance…I salute Commissioner Salud for not succumbing to an idiotic pronouncement from SMC…it’s Integrity that counts that’s why we love the PBA


    I didn’t know that the reputation of the SMC Group rested on the shoulders of Renaldo Balkman!!! WOW, I’m an SMC fan but this is ridiculous. Your reputation took a hit the moment you released this statement. What were your PR guys thinking?



  • Pitbulldog

    Ban all imports in the PBA.  I do not think these foreign players have really improved the quality of basketball in this country.  For how many decades have we been employing the services of these imports and we are yet to produce international quality players that could be NBA materials or, good enough to compete in international tournaments.  Asia pa nga lang, nangangapa na.  Ano pa kaya sa Europe o America and laban ng mga yan? Di lang kulelat, lampaso na walang floor wax pa.  Redundant na talaga itong mga Ogag na imports na ito.  We are wasting a lot of money to hire and pamper the rascals.  We could channel those wasteful expenditures to suport and improve more promising sports like football.  Ang basketball di para sa mga bansot…May 7 footer ba na P-noys na kayang takbuhin ang buong court at mag-dribble na tulad ni Nowitzki?

    • CN

       Ok ka na sana bata kaya lang siningit mo yung football(soccer). Eh mga foreigner din yon di ba, di naman mga Pilipino. I agree with you pero dapat tanggalin na yang mga foreigner na yan sa soccer team. We don’t like Askals, we like true blooded Filipinos that we can be proud of.

  • jj

    Very disappointing reaction from a great entrepreneur Ramon Ang…sinong tinatakot nyo??

  • ben987654321

    hey! is this a threat or what? you don’t like a decision, you pull out all your 3 teams? what a brat! well, good riddance. you think company image won;t be sullied by this immature rant? go ahead

  • Jack Phalaphitac

    Absurd. Whoever is behind this repugnant press release must be enjoying his stay inside the Nat’l. Mental Hospital.  
    Where in hell’s name does your company’s f**king reputation fits in this chocking incident? This is about a game, a basketball game. Unless you are talking about the coconut levy fund, we won’t concern ourselves with your company’s smelly reputation.
    The incident concerns one of SMC’s team in the PBA, Petron. Put it this way, when we watch the PBA, we watch the team Petron, we don’t think about whether it is owned or not by SMC. We pay to watch because we enjoy the game, company reputations and ownership far from our mind. One of Petron’s players, the import at that, did something insulting to the players, to the fans, to the game, to everyone in this basketball crazy nation. The league, through it’s commissioner did the right thing. Banish him and send him home where he came from. Everybody I know thinks what he did was right. 

    That resulted in your company’s reputation being ruined? That resulted in your ‘good name’ being damaged? Nuts. But think about this. Every time your company, through Petron, raise your petroleum prices together with the oil cartel in this country, your reputation is diving down to the pits of the earth while the people curse you and your company to high heavens. Ain’t it so?  And you still have the gall to talk about the damage done to your ‘good name’? And you still have the gall to threaten us about your continuing participation in the PBA? 

    Leave the league and good riddance. May your stinking reputation follow you 
    wherever you go.

    • Pepe Alas

      Hahaha! Perfect commentary, man! =) Nag-íinarte lang ang San Miguel. Gusto lang talagáng ibalíc ang animal na import na yun.

    • WindTalker

      ibenta na lang nila Franchise nila, i’m sure maraming bibili at gustong mag-participate sa PBA. Except San Mig Coffee.  Petron and Ginebra are not Championship caliber team considering puro Star Players ang mga andun…

  • maridor

    If The Referees Did Their Job
    If The referees did their job… Threw balkman out. T’d him. D sana nangyre yan.. Bopols kase Mga refs minsan. Imagine 3 referees. Tunganga lng. Binangga na nga wala pa ring imik.. Incompetent refs.. Sensitive officials..

  • yaptangcom

    Uh oh! PBA Commissioner Salud seemed to have bitten more than he could possibly chew with his decision to ban Ronaldo Balkman for life. No question the Petron import acted improperly and egregiously but a lifetime ban is a bit too much given Balkman’s remorse and promise to toe the line from here on out. But Salud already made up his mind even before the come to Jesus meeting with Balkman took place. Salud came, saw, and concluded that due Balkman’s on-court shenanigans, he has become persona non grata in the PBA, henceforth. Too bad for Atty Salud, his over the top decision to ban the Petron may have compelled the San Miguel franchise to bolt out of the PBA, leaving it badly depleted and decimated. In an ironic twist, Salud’s decision to ban Balkman might’ve been predicated on preserving the viability of the league, but it could very well achieve the opposite effect: the demise of the PBA.   

    • Pitbulldog

      Lifetime ban yan in the Philippines.   Mamamatay ba ang ungas na yan kapag di na nakapaglaro sa Pinas? Dapat nga dyan sa egoy na yan, ibaon nang patiwarik. 

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