No Big Surprise There What Do You Think ?

It never ceases to amaze me as to the stupidity of today’s athletes !They’re placed upon a pedestal by the press and to a lesser extent by the fans alike. And OK, so the press are only all too willing to tear them down , once they’re found to be all too human. Or for the mere fact that they’ve overstepped the boundaries of what’s deemed to be morally decent.

And no, this isn’t ‘bash Tiger Woods time’, as I’ll leave that to his wife, Elin Nordegren to handle that. By all accounts, she possesses a far better backswing than even Tiger could ever have imagined. LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

As to Tiger’s faux-pas , let’s just hope that he’s indeed learned a valuable lesson from this all ? As to what that might , need you ask ?

Well, low and behold, Lakers’ player , Ron Artest has admitted that while as a player for the Chicago Bulls, he sought the solace of a bottle , ne’ alcohol – to solve many of his problems while the Bulls were said to be losing game with alarming regularity. Why the curiosity you might ask ? Well, from what we’re led to believe by Artest , his consumption of alcohol took place while he was playing regularly during games. And no, I’m not talking down time, when he’s said to be in a hotel room alongside teammates or perhaps in the company of a female. But actually, on the court or court-side during the game. I guess those water bottles that we now see the players drinking from, aren’t filled with 50’s Vitamin water ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

Ron Artest said he would walk to the liquor store  near the United Center  to get his favorite  drink.   picture appears  courtesy  of   AP /Phot/  Dwight  Mitchell .....................
Ron Artest said he would walk to the liquor store near the United Center to get his favorite drink. picture appears courtesy of AP /Phot/ Dwight Mitchell .....................

But I digress , Artest’s admission doesn’t as such set a precedent but it may well explain in large part what appears to be his split personality. Could it be that the infamous Palace of Auburn Hills’ fracas, that involved Artest, his teammates on the Indiana Pacers against the Detroit Pistons and the fans in attendance. Would it be out of the realms of possibility to suggest that ‘Ron-Ron’ might have been a little intoxicated at the time ?

Courtesy of Associated Press and Yahoo Sports


Lakers’ Artest spoke about drinking to help others

By Greg Beacham , AP Sports Writer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP)—Ron Artest(notes) says he spoke out about drinking during games with the Chicago Bulls because he hopes to help youths with similar problems.

After practice Thursday at the Lakers’ training complex, Artest discussed the provocative admissions he made to the Sporting News. Artest acknowledged drinking cognac during halftimes in Chicago, where he spent his first 2 1/2 NBA seasons.

Artest says his drinking was a result of getting too much responsibility and adversity too soon in his life after leaving St. John’s. He plans to begin a youth program in Los Angeles in which he’ll teach others about the dangers of young adulthood and its temptations.

He also says he has grown up considerably after his stints with Chicago and Indiana.

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An initial scene  from what then  lead  on to the ensuing melee'  that took  place  at an  NBA game  between  the  Detroit Pistons and  the Indiana Pacers  as the Palace of  Auburn  Hills,  Auburn  Hills, Mi,.   The  fights  between  the players  and  then  with the  Pacers'  Artest  rushing  into  the stands  to  punch  a  fan led to  one  worst  scenes  of  violence  at  a  North American  sporting  event  in  recent  history.   picture  appears courtesy  of  NBAE / Getty Images/ Allen Einstein ........................
An initial scene from what then lead on to the ensuing melee' that took place at an NBA game between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers as the Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mi,. The fights between the players and then with the Pacers' Artest rushing into the stands to punch a fan led to one worst scenes of violence at a North American sporting event in recent history. picture appears courtesy of NBAE / Getty Images/ Allen Einstein ........................

Now pardon me for saying this but I’d have thought that this would be the last thing that either the Los Angeles Lakers’ hierarchy or for that matter Commissioner,David Stern would want to hear coming from the lips of Ron Artest, at this juncture. Given the fact the the NBA would like to create the perception their games being held in a family friendly environment. Well , if ever the events of the Palace of Auburn Hills could provide evidence of what can happen. Then that was most definitely it. Albeit, that alcohol consumption isn’t prohibited at the games for the fans during and prior to the games. The thought that the very players, themselves, could enter the court inebriated, is cause for great concern. No formal statement on the matter has been forthcoming from either Stern at the Lakers at this juncture. But one doubts that Stern or Stu Jackson , Stern’s enforcer will leave the issue fully unresolved to their satisfaction. It may well have been something that happened in the player’s past. But who’s to say that he might not think to do the same thing again, given his behavioral patterns ?

Ron Artest may well have matured somewhat , after that infamous incident. But given his proclivity for making outlandish statements and his unwillingness at times not to abide by the rules. I wouldn’t put it past him to ‘resumption of the bottle’. I mean who’s to know ? It’s not as if the officials or the clubs knew of his behavior in this context to begin with. And now even after the admission, will they now be more observant of the player and this particular proclivity ?

Courtesy of Chicago Sun Times

Ron Artest:’I use to drink Hennessy at halftime’

By John Jackson jjackson@suntimes.com

Except for about a four-year period just after the championship era, I’ve covered the Bulls for the Sun-Times since 1994. Fortunately for me, the Ron Artest era came during my hiatus.

Still, I heard all the stories, and I have to admit I still get a chuckle from the one about him applying for a job at an electronics chain so he could get the employee discount.

If you think that’s a myth, Artest confirmed it during an interview with a local radio station earlier this year.

Speaking of interviews, Artest’s sit-down with the Sporting News caused quite a stir Wednesday, when excerpts of the article were released.

The most salacious quote was the 6-7 forward saying that he drank alcohol — cognac to be specific — during halftime of games at the United Center when he was with the Bulls.

”I used to drink Hennessy at halftime,” Artest was quoted in the Sporting News. ”I [kept it] in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store [near the UC] and get it.”

That’s not exactly what they meant when he was told not to pass up shots.

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But then again, which would be more preferable in your opinion on the court from Ron Artest ? Him being slightly intoxicated and quite possibly being provoked into an altercation ? Or him actually starting to ‘rap’ ? One has to remember that beneath the surface of Artest, are the budding embers of a rap star in the making ? Having released two poorly reviewed rap CD’s and his entrepreneurship as a music mogul , somewhat taking a backseat as to his vocational endeavor as a player in the NBA.

Artest (91) seeks retribution  against  a  fan   whom  he  believes  thew an   open container of  alcohol  at  him  from  up in the  stand  unto the   floor   during  the  game   played  between  the  Pacers  and  Pistons  played at  the Palace  of Auburn Hills .   copyrighted  material   @  All  rights  reserved  .............................
Artest (91) seeks retribution against a fan, whom he believes thew an open container of alcohol at him from up in the stand unto the floor during the game played between the Pacers and Pistons played at the Palace of Auburn Hills . copyrighted material @ All rights reserved .............................

One might feel quite aggrieved were he (Artest) to burst into song in an NBA arena, for the fans in attendance to hear. I mean I’m not suggesting that he’s as bad as teammate, Kobe Bryant. But neither has the talent to even approach what it takes to conquer that particular genre to begin with ! In Kobe’s case, rapping about his ardor for all things Versace’ might lead one to question his ‘manhood’ somewhat, don’t you think ? As to Artest , his budding ‘thug image’ and would be rap star persona, might be as threatening as, Rosie O’Donnell now threatening to ‘switch sides’ with regard to her sexual assignations.

Artest now seems to be backtracking from his original statement , now saying that he really said this all as a means of awakening others as to alcohol abuse. An act of redeeming himself ? Bearing in mind that the game’s hierarchy might not have looked favorably on his original statement to begin with. This was either a rather good self publicity stunt or a complete asinine statement once again coming from the lips of one Ron Artest. You’ve got to give him credit where it’s due. As he certainly knows how to play up to the cameras and either make a complete ass of himself or have the public simply empathizing with him because of his demeanor and at times his behavior, for want of a better word. But what you now see with Ron Artest is what you’re now liable get with Ron Artest, one way or another. There are simply no in betweens as far as he goes. You’ve either got to ‘love him’ or ‘hate him’ ?

How do you as a person ,feel about the player ?

Author: tophatal ...........

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9 thoughts on “No Big Surprise There What Do You Think ?”

  1. Remember back in the day? Dennis Rodman used to travel with his personal bartender. But I don’t think even he would tip one back at halftime.

    We’ll see if the Zenmaster can once again manage the drama that is the Los Angeles Lakers.

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  2. Chris Humpherys

    Rodman we all know was a ‘head case’ to begin with. I mean he was part of that ‘Bad Boys roster’ when the Pistons were winning back to back NBA titles. So that should be enough of an explanation to begin with.

    Phil will need to talk him but I’m surprised that neither Stern or his underling Stu Jackson has made a public statement about this at all ? I mean, Ron Artest was consuming alcohol while playing . And no doubt after home games, he was getting behind the wheel of his own personal vehicle. If that isn’t a recipe for disaster ,then what is ?

    Alan Parkins

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    1. sportschump

      He was probably bangin’ Carmen Electra in the back of the ‘limo’ before and after games. So what’s the point your question ? They’re both friggin’ freaks who were deserving of each other at the time !

      Who here wouldn’t want ‘wax this a_s ? I mean it’s Carmen Electra god-damn it !

      And here she is performing alongside ‘The Pussycat Dolls’ .

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Eh, I’m not surprised. Some of these guys are pretty gangsta. Ron never surprises me anymore. His rap songs will inspire you to accept that, he is what he is 🙂 I remember back in the day Vlade said he used to have two or three cigarettes at halftime to get his fix… I think if it helps a player, than who cares!

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    1. chappy 81

      If you think Ron’s raps songs will inspire you, I’d hate to think what you’d make of William Hung or Adam Lambert for that matter ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      My concern is that Artest’s story has changed considerably from the first time it came to the fore. Secondly with it now coming to the fore. Why no formal statement from David Stern ? Surely given the fact that Artest was also getting behind the wheel of a a vehicle after games ought to have been cause for concern ?

      Vlade having a cigarette isn’t really hurting anyone. Artest getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after those Bulls’ home games was immediately putting the lives others in imminent danger. So how do you equate the two ?

      Alan Parkins

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  4. RonRon needs attention like Tiger needs booty calls…OFTEN.

    So he was sippin yac at the half…but it’s ancient history…it happened years ago. So far he’s been a model citizen for LA and lets Kobe rest by guarding the other teams best offensive player allowing Kobe to have the energy at the end of games to do what he did to the Heat last night.

    The fact that he’s running off at the lip shouldn’t surprise anyone…It’s just a way for him to get more of the attention he so desperately craves.

    As for the drunk driving punishment, maybe we should start doing here what they do in Singapore and give first time offenders a few lashings.

    I’ll send you the email so you know what I mean.

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  5. Al,

    RonRon needs attention like Tiger needs booty calls…OFTEN.

    So he was sippin yac at the half…but it’s ancient history…it happened years ago. So far he’s been a model citizen for LA and lets Kobe rest by guarding the other teams best offensive player allowing Kobe to have the energy at the end of games to do what he did to the Heat last night.

    The fact that he’s running off at the lip shouldn’t surprise anyone…It’s just a way for him to get more of the attention he so desperately craves.

    As for the drunk driving punishment, maybe we should start doing here what they do in Singapore and give first time offenders a few lashings.

    I’ll send you the email so you know what I mean.

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    1. BleedPRPL&GOLD

      Either you’re showing your naivete’ because you’re definitely
      not making a point. Artest we can agree states that he drank prior too and during games. My point here is that he also upon the end of the game when playing for the Bulls at home games would then leave in his own personal vehicle and drive home. Now pardon me for saying this but who do you now think is more in danger Artest or some innocent victim on the road at that juncture.

      One seems to forget the incidents of the Rams’ Leonard Little and the Browns’ Donte Stallworth ? ’cause clearly something is amiss here when even Stern and Stu Jackson, Stern’s main enforcer remain silent on this all ?

      You seem to forget that Artest was the ‘model citizen’ before he came to the Lakers. Were it not for him the Rockets wouldn’t have done as well as they did last season , in making the playoffs.

      And with regard to punishment, it pales in comparison to what they’d do to in places such as Nigeria, Indonesia and Bahrain. That’s nothing !

      Alan Parkins

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