Artest admits he used to drink Hennessy at halftime

90040869NG026_Rockts_LALL.A. Times: After disclosing last week that he used to ride in the Houston Rockets’ team bus wearing only his underwear, Lakers forward Ron Artest told the Sporting News of another activity he used to do while playing with the Chicago Bulls.

“I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime,” Artest told the magazine. “I [kept it] in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store and get it.”

It’s good to know Artest gets his liquor like any other guy on the street, but I’m not so sure if drinking during games is such a great idea. Of course, this begs the question: Did Artest drink before the brawl at The Palace back in 2004?

Artest told the magazine the infamous brawl wasn’t his fault and that he still doesn’t “see anything I could have done different” to prevent the melee. He also told the Sporting News that he still likes to have fun.

“When I was a 19-year-old father, whew. I was a single pimp! I was wild. A lot of marijuana and alcohol…. I still party and I have fun, but not like I used to. I used to drink every night and party every night.”

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  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    WOW! Artest used to do that?

    Well at least hes honest, this proves he doesnt do it anymore.

  • JerryWest

    This makes me alittle worried though. Don’t know if and when Artest will have a relapse. Hopefully, he will just do something like a Rodman and wear a wedding dress. Embarrassing for laker fans but doesn’t warrant a suspension.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Man stop thinking negatively. He was honest about it which means he doesnt do it anymore. Proof? Would you admit to taking steroid in baseball if you still do it? He USED to do it, doesnt anymore and thats the main thing. Hopefully he wont have a relapse.

      • JerryWest

        I shouldn’t have us the word relapse. I meant a relapse of doing something crazy. I don’t think alcohol will be a problem with Ron. Ron is one crazy dude. Just dealing with reality. He is a loose cannon and you don’t know what he is going to do.

        • FERN DOG

          His fool jerry west talks alot of shit why in the hell you get the fuck out of lakernation .NOW you are talking shit about artest first about kobe then artest fuck you .You remind me of a little bitch that called thim smartkobe .To me your that lame ass fool smartkobe so fuck you bitch.

          • JerryWest

            huh?

  • GETGARNETT.COm

    This is why the Lakers wont repeat. The Celtics have it locked this year Faker fans!!!!!

    • lakerman1

      You must be an idiot. I will bet any amount of money that the Laker Fans on this site wish you would just drop dead. You are a Moron if you get yours kicks by posting on this blog. Whats the problem not enough fans on the Celtic blogs to form a circle jerk. You are a stone loser dude.

      • NBAmazingkb24

        definately not enough fans on their blog

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      You want to make news of something in the past? I’d we more worried about your Rash!t Wallåss and his plethora of Ts! That’s the sh!t that’s gonna do you guys in dumbåss! That and the fact that the Lakers are far superior to your Celd!cks from Cockston, you cock sucker!

      GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • kobe-wan kenobi

        priceless!
        love your post

        • TOUCHING_MYSELF

          you know how we do Kobe-wan. this is just a walk in the park for us Laker fans. we take on all comers, especially all the gay motha fcukas from cockston!

    • JerryWest

      This coming from a team that is showing their age everyday. You know you got your one championship with Garnett. The league is too strong for you guys now. You guys have too many players passed their prime. The grave has been dug and it will be a slow burial for you guys. You will have to wait another 22 years for a title. Lakers are primed to win three more and tie for most championships. It is going to happen. Like Bob Knight said, “If rape is inevitable, you might as well enjoy it.”

      • JerryWest

        *three more and HAVE the most championships.

  • lakerman1

    The man was ninteen still a kid. I remember when i was a young partying stud’ Woman/cigs/dope/drugs/alcohol. The things that you did in the past make you the person you are today which hopefully is a more knowledgeble person. I can appreciate Ron because he does not try to hide past mistakes we should all appreciate him for honesty because all i see right now is a man who wants to be a champion nothing more and as long as he does not bring any drama to the team I.E. Mr Woods what he does in his off time is his business. Right now he is helping the Lakers and that is all i care about.

  • NBAmazingkb24

    As long as he dosent do those things here
    It dosent matter what he has done
    Its all about what he is about to accomplish here
    in city of Los Angeles as a Lakers
    Repeat

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Party on Ron OOPS bro wait until the championship.
    Then we all will walk to the liquor store with you .
    Ron dog its all good hennsey a bong hit what ever
    Just chill for right now.
    Ron is a real dude , hes down with the fans .
    if you invite him over for carne asada he will show up.
    Ron keeping being you bro not a fake uptight pro.

  • Mitch4Pres

    GIT EM RON RON THUG LIFE QUEENSBRIDGE IN THE BUILDING

  • Robert

    Ron-Ron can do no wrong, to me. He is an honest man and a good guy. His basketball skillz are off the charts. His punishment for going into the stands years ago was too severe, and Ben Wallace did not get a big enough punishment.
    We have an all-D defender on the Lakers, and the Defensive player of the year 2004. We have great offense, and Ron-Ron brings great defense. What the team will learn from Kobe on offense, they will learn from Ron-Ron on defense.
    Leave him the f*** alone. Actually, he does thrive on haters, so all you haters go on hating – it will make his game better – in the meantime, I will be a big supporter of Ron-Ron, like many others in LA.
    Unconditional props to you, Ron-Ron – you keep it real, and make the NBA exciting. We’re glad you’re here in LA, where you belong.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Amen to that man, couldnt put it any better.

      Artest is a great man, he has a big heart towards people, especially his fans and the least you could do is a have a big heart to him in return.

    • Ronin99

      100% AGREE. His honesty in admitting something like this tells that its all in the past. He is definitely keeping it real!

  • Shannon4mvp

    That was like a decade ago. Shits changed since then. People are just hating. Fuck the haters, go lakers.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Amen to that. Besides, didnt Lebron admit to smoking weed when he was in high school which was like 7-8 years ago, where as Artest was 10 years ago.

  • lakerman1

    Lebron is the NBA’s Prima Donna’ i mean anyone who tells their Mother to sit yo ass down at a televised game is not the Golden boy the League tries to portray in my book. Its only a matter of time before the Real Lebron is exposed and until he catches up with his Championship Ring Count he will never be better then Kobe since that is what the Media uses for the Kobe / MJ debate the same would apply here.

    • Ronin99

      Yeah!!! He should be called…”QUEEN JAMES”

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    What really pisses me off is that the NBA goes to so much trouble to come up with the statistics and work out the mathematics and in the end just to put Lebron over Kobe. There was one on NBA.com that work out who was the most clutch and they put Lebron first and Kobe third, and had a little sentence “So the statistics show that Kobe is not the most clutch but Lebron is”

    Also during the playoffs, they used “mathematics” and “statistics” to work out the finals matchup and the champion.
    Well the Lakers made it but what they had was 2 scenarios.
    #1 Lakers vs Cavs in finals and Lakers lose.
    #2 Lakers vs Celtics in finals and Lakers lose.

    See a trend there. They were proven wrong.

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Lakers will dominate,the seaon.
    Read and cry celtic fans.
    With Pau back and strong the west is going to be easy.
    Carmelo is a one man show and melts down under pressure. He has proven it .
    Kobe knows how to beat Denver. And portland still to young no experince.
    Ron if we win I will buy you a bottle and have you over for Carne Asada L.a. style.

  • daboss1848

    That article has missed a more important statement which is relevant to our (apologies to rafner and his ilk) team:
    – Artest on his feelings toward Ben Wallace, the Pistons center whose altercation with Artest touched off the melee in Detroit: “I see Ben, I’m on my guard now. I’m always in the mood to fight him. … I’ll get suspended 10 games, 15 games (because) I’ll just fight him right there. It won’t go into the stands.”
    Full interview http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/article/2009-12-02/sn-conversation-ron-artest-i-was-head-case

    Wallace response http://espn.go.com/chicago/columns/blog/_/post/4707969/name/friedell

    escalation begins . . .

  • lakerman1

    3 dates to mark on your calendars folks. 12/25 Cleveland @ L.A. 1/21 L.A. @ Cleveland & 1/31 L.A @ Boston. Due to the terrific way the NBA schedules games 1/21 is when L.A. begins an 8 game road trip. After that road trip the Lakers will truly show how good they are so let the NBA hype their Golden Boy. Anyone who really watches the game knows that hands down Kobe is better then Lebron. Lebron has skills it just that they are not as well rounded as Kobes.

  • Andrew Rafner is back

    I”m glad to see Lakers fans supportive of ron ron, but if he was on any other team but the lakers, he would be getting all kinds of hate and crap about this.

    • daboss1848

      other teams’ fans are giving bill all kinds of crap and hate, but we, as fans of our team, are supporting our player.

      it goes with the territory of fandom – support your own.

      (y cant i use my side arrow keys in here?)

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      I go where Lakers go. Im sure LA goes where Lakers go too.

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    so what do tiger woods and kobe have in common?they are big fat LYING CHEATERS…Why don`t you losers mention that???

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      What do you and Tiger have in common?

      You will get hit with a golf club unless you shut your mouth.

    • allthewayLA

      What do you and the celdikcs have in common?
      You aint got nothing.

      • http://LakersNation Marwan

        Me?

        • FERN DOG

          Hey marvan fuck these fool talking shit about kobe fuck kobebi curious his name should be kobebi sexual.

        • http://LakersNation Marwan

          I know aye, Celtics fans come in here, Lakers Nation, and trash talk Lakers rather than go Celtics Nation… wait Im sorry, there is no Celtics Nation, there is no Celtics site, cause the bandwagoners wouldnt make the site.

          Trash talk Kobe, good. Let them do it, tell him he cant win another win. You see those who said he couldnt do it without Shaq, he fed off that hate and he proved all of them wrong. So haters, do your job.

        • http://LakersNation Marwan

          “Trash talk Kobe, good. Let them do it, tell him he cant win another win”

          I meant “Trash talk Kobe, good. Let them do it, tell him he cant win another ring”

  • Smush Walton

    OK, so Ron has been drinking some spirits during halftime. Now what is Lamar’s excuse?

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    He was on the radio and he clarified that when he said he drank, it was only for a week or month. It wasnt for the whole 3 years with the Bulls.

    So drinking for a week or a month, no big deal. He admitted it, its over.