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Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Posted on: December 2, 2009 4:06 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2009 4:53 pm
The NBA now fines players for Tweeting during games, including halftime. Damn, imagine what David Stern would've done to Ron Artest if he'd known the future Malice at the Palace star was sipping Hennessy at halftime while with the Chicago Bulls?

These and other shocking revelations from Artest are coming out in the Dec. 7 edition of the Sporting News, excerpts of which were published on the Sporting News web site Wednesday.

Among the headlines in the Sporting News interview with the controversial Lakers star:

* "I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime," Artest said. "I (kept it) in my locker. I'd just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it."

* "When I was a 19-year-old father, whew. I was a single pimp! I was wild," Artest said of his days as a college star at St. John's. "A lot of marijuana and alcohol—even before (that age). … I (still) party and I have fun, but not like I used to. I used to drink every night and party every night."

* "It wasn't my fault," he said of the 2004 brawl in Auburn Hills for which he was suspended 73 games and forfeited $7 million. "… I don't see anything I could have done different. The only thing I could have done was have God pause time so I could have said, 'Oh, look, you're about to run in some stands, so stop.'"

* "(Referee) Joey Crawford basically said, 'Who cares about the Houston Rockets? Kobe Bryant's on the floor,'" he said of the Rockets' loss to the Lakers in the '09 Western Conference semifinals.  

* "It's weird because people don't think about the whole basketball game," he said of fitting in as a member of Bryant's supporting cast. "There's offense: Kobe averages 30 and is a great offensive player. Then you have defense. So on defense, now I have my supporting cast. … I'm one of the best defenders to ever play basketball, so I'm still the first option on defense."

Artest also said he's "on guard" whenever he sees Ben Wallace, whose altercation with Artest touched off the melee at the Palace. "I'm always in the mood to fight him," Artest said. "… I'll get suspended 10 games, 15 games (because) I'll just fight him right there. It won't go into the stands."

The NBA is aware of the comments, though it's unclear whether any disciplinary action is forthcoming. Clearly, the comments that will generate the most scrutiny are those about drinking during games and the refs wanting the Lakers to beat the Rockets. Already, some of Artest's former teammates and other members of the organization who were there with him are downplaying the comments , chalking them up to, "Ron being Ron," according to the Chicago Tribune.

Either way, gotta love him.

Category: NBA

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 9:00 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Yeah, and it was probably some crappy light beer also.  That's all they seem to sell at sports venues.  He just snapped, that's all.

At least Phil Jackson can deal with it.  Imagine a coach like the Cavaliers Mike Brown trying to deal with Artest.  lol

I did like this line from Artest: "I'm always in the mood to fight him," Artest said.  Whether you like this guy or not, he is entertaining and is a force to be reckoned with.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:59 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

... because of Dickey Simpkins! Him and BJ! BJ Armstrong! Dude was a one-man party! Just an all around fun guy to be around. Great with kids too. You could get drunk and leave your kids with him for hours on end. And when you woke up again the kids would still be there! It's like they never even moved! Especially the infants.


You thought they were getting drunk in the locker room because they sucked?

Well yes... that too. In fact, the 99 Bulls were so bad that they were usually out of it by halftime anyways, so why the hell not?

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:52 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Playing for the post Jordan-era Bulls circa 1999-2001 would've made a lot of people get drunk at halftime.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:45 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Joey Crawford is biased.  No kidding, Ron!

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:36 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Great to hear a sportsperson telling it how it is and not being dumbed down by a media manager etc... although, drinking Henn at HT isn't the brightest thing to do

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:06 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Why would you even consider suspending him for this? What a bunch of tight wads.

You're my hero, Ron

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 8:00 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

No matter what he was doing.  He ruined the Pacers.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 7:45 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Except Bill Walton wasn't a dirtbag...And that was the 70s

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 7:28 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Now thats some funny stuff right there..  How true it is.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 7:15 pm

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

This whole "Keeping it real" "Gansta Thug" is a bunch of crap. Why if anyone did not think he was a moron before he sure has left no doubt now.The NBA needs to clamp down on this sort of thing why should anyone bring their family to a game and pay good money to see players who are like this? Millions of kids everyday want to be like NBA players they look up to them and have posters on their walls and you have a guy like this who makes the whole bunch look like thugs. Fellow NBA players should snub him for these comments.

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