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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.




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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 7:04 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Maurice "Getting my Goose on" Clarrett scoffs at Ron Artest,


"Pfft, what a pansy! I drank a whole bottle of Grey Goose before practice even started! Then I followed that up by robbing people at gun point and attempting to kill the witnesses. You think your a Badazz Ron?....Child please! I'll shoot both you and Ben Wallace right in the grill!!!"



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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:54 pm
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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:52 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

So you're always ready to fight Ben Wallace, huh Ron? That's funny, because I remember you turning into a little mouse and running away from him back at the brawl in Detroit.



Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:50 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

I am not saying I agree with Ron's comments here...but I do think I remember someone saying he was a boxer before a ball player.  I think Ron may take Wallace.  JMHO....anyway does it matter?  Never will happen.  He knows he would be out of the game for life.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:28 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

You may think he sacrificed a lot for his mistakes, but it sounds like he didn't learn much.  He will probably be suspended again for this, and he still doesn't take full responsibility for the fight.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:22 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Just shut up Ron Artest.  This is the kind of junk you can't be doing if you want to win a title.  Distractions are bad for you and your team.  Just lock down your mouth and play lock down defense and everything will work out fine.



Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:12 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

I love it! I want to hear more...
Sports are entertainment, period. This is entertaining. Just stop it with the judgement, he sacrificed a lot for his mistakes and the guy is a heck of a ball player. Rock n roll all nite and party everyday, and beat Ben Wallace's ass! Ahahahaha



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 6:02 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Sadly, some people are just born and raised idiots, and you can't change them no matter what.  The whole Ron being Ron thing is the biggest cop out, just as the Manny being Manny thing is.  I wish just once one of the teamates would come out and say, that's just him being an idiot because he is, but he's here because he can play some good baseball/basketball.



Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 5:58 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

No wonder Ron Artest jumped into the crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit when a fan threw a cup of beer at him.  Had it been wine he may have reacted a little differently. 




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 5:54 pm
 

Ron Artest: Pass the Hennessy

Of course, the 10-15 missed games Ron was referring to missing after a fight with Ben Wallace would be spent in the hospital in a coma.


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