HoopsHype Renaldo Balkman rumors
When McKinley got drafted by the Denver Broncos on April 26, 2009, one of the first phone calls he received was from Balkman, who was thrilled to hear they would have a chance to reunite as pro athletes in the Mile High City. “I called him immediately,” Balkman said. “I told him I’d try to find him a crib, whatever he wanted. I told him when he gets here, hit me up. Anything he needed, I was here for him. He always used to come over and hang out and chill with me.” NBA.com
Three days later, Balkman remains in disbelief as he tries to comprehend McKinley’s death. Investigators believe the 23-year-old Broncos wide receiver died Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “I know he just wanted to play football. That’s all he wanted to do,” Balkman said. “When I heard the news, it hurt because he would come over and we’d have a good vibe going on. It was just shocking. Unbelievable. I must be dreaming. It still is like that. I can’t believe it’s true.” NBA.com
Like most of the people who were close to McKinley, Balkman said his friend never showed any outward signs of someone contemplating suicide. According to an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s report, McKinley was depressed after knee surgery in August and talked about killing himself. “It’s crazy, man. He never showed signs of nothing (suicidal),” Balkman said. “I still don’t believe it.” NBA.com
Renaldo Balkman's grandmother was born in Puerto Rico, which makes the Denver Nuggets forward eligible for the national team. But this fact wasn't too well known during much of Balkman's first four years in the NBA. "I just never told anybody,'' Balkman said earlier this week about his Puerto Rican heritage. "If you had asked me, I would have told you. Now, everybody knows. But before they never asked me.'' FanHouse.com
"My mom always told me I should go visit, and I finally did,'' Balkman said of going to the U.S. territory that plays under its own flag in international competitions. "And look at the outcome. I'm on the Puerto Rico team. ... When I went there the first time, it was a little different. Now, it's for our country, for our pride. But it was different at first.'' FanHouse.com
Renaldo Balkman stormed off the Puerto Rican locker room after losing against Greece and National Team's head coach Manolo Cintron said he was not happy at all. "He's demanding minutes and not giving anything in return. He has not played more because I don't think he has adapted well to our system. And he has been the most inconsistent player during practices. His attitude is not good. He left the locker room at the end of the game. That's not right," said Cintron. El Nuevo Dia
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