Former Denver Nugget Ronaldo Balkman chokes teammate during basketball game

Balkman played for Denver Nuggets from 2008-2011

MANILA, Philippines - The man nicknamed “Kool,” lost his cool during a basketball game Friday.

Former Denver Nuggets forward Ronaldo Balkman let his emotions get the best of him as he choked one of his teammates during a late-game altercation.

Balkman is playing overseas for the Petro Blaze Boosters in the Philippines Basketball Association.

With less than 30 seconds left and his team trailing by 7, Balkman missed a hook shot in the lane because it appears he was hit in the head on the play.

Balkman then walked over to the official and bumped him about not getting the foul call. As teammates tried to get in between Balkman, he shoved them aside and went after the other two officials.

Finally, team captain Arwin Santos tried his hand at stopping the raging Balkman but it is to no avail. Balkman pushed Santos out of his way, but Santos pushed Balkman back.

Then Balkman puts his hands around Santos’ neck before the two were separated.

Balkman later apologized to his teammates in a tweet.

“I wld like to apologize to the fans, Petron Blaze, my teammates, the PBA and especially @tubidronald71 and@Arwind029,” Balkman tweeted.

“I got caught up in the moment of a very intense game. I respect @Arwind029 as a person & player. I am proud to be part of @PetronBlaze fam,” Balkman continued.

“This was unintentional towards @arwindsotnas, I am a team player who always has the best interest of the team at heart.”

Balkman, 28, was drafted 20th by the New York Knicks in the 2006 NBA draft. He played for the Nuggets from 2008-2011.

Take a look at the altercation below: (Note to mobile and tablet users: click on this link to view the video:


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