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 !!!
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
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.
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
By John Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Click on link provided to read John Jackson’s article in its entirety
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.
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 ?