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Filipino basketball player banned for season after punching fan

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We've been dragging our feet when it comes to delivering you quality international basketball news recently, which is why it gives me great pleasure to inform you of the following:

Wynne Arboleda, a player in the esteemed Philippine Basketball Association, has been suspended without pay for the rest of the 2009-10 season after attacking a fan.

That's right, Arboleda, a guard for the Burger King Whoppers — why are you laughing, Wendy? — channeled his inner-Ron Artest during a game against Smart-Gilas on Friday night.

The nine-year PBA veteran assaulted a fan, Alain Katigbak, after the latter shouted profane words directed at him following his second flagrant foul. Thankfully, fans, players and refs broke it up before Jermaine O'Neal(notes)-like haymakers could get involved.

Anyway, , video of what some people are calling "The Malevolent Meltdown in Manila."

(Note: Absolutely no one is calling it that.)

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The Manila Bulletin notes that the penalty, the severest handed by the PBA against a player, serves as a strong warning that the league does not tolerate actions that harm the fans — potty-mouthed or not.

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