This was really sad to read. The ups and downs Ron went through, glad to have him in LA as a champion now.

ESPN: ARE YOU CRAZY?

What’s crazy? You need to decide. On Twitter you could say I’m pretty crazy, or you could say I just have a weird sense of humor. Off the court you could say I’m pretty crazy, or you could say I’m just ghetto. On the court you could say I’m pretty crazy, or you could say I just play really hard. To each person, I could be a different person. So you need to decide. Of course, there have been times when I’ve done crazy things. But I don’t think I’m crazy. I just grew up in a crazy world.

WHAT DO THE DOCTORS SAY?
Well, there is a history of mental illness in my family. My auntie is in the hospital right now. She’s had her ups and downs. I’ve had mine too. I first saw a doctor when I was 13, when I was getting in a lot of trouble. If I felt I, or someone else, was being disrespected, I would pick a fight.

WHAT LED TO YOU HAVING THOSE FEELINGS?
I think a lot of it came from what happened to me as a kid. Some of it was my parents’ divorce. A lot of it was getting teased for having ugly clothes and nappy hair. I got bullied so much at 11 and 12 that I became the bully. I didn’t want to get bullied no more. And that just carried on through my life.

BESIDES BEING A BULLY, DID YOU ENGAGE IN OTHER DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS?
Alcohol was part of the problem. At 15 I started to get twisted, and at 16 I was getting lit up on a regular basis. By the time the Bulls drafted me, I’d drink in the house all day, then go play a game. But I stopped drinking heavily in Sacramento. I’m sure I wouldn’t have made the same mistakes if I hadn’t been drinking. Was I crazy, or was I not sober enough to have a clear mind? That’s the question.

Continue reading ‘Get to know the real Ron Artest!’

  • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

    No matter who you are, a fan of any team, after reading this you have to feel sympathy for Ron after what he has gone through. His parents’ divorce and being bullied is never easy experiencing those at an early age.
    I’m so glad that Ron is now a Laker and got his way over due championship ring. Congratulations Ron Ron!

  • Westcoast B!tch

    Ron Artest is a bad mutha fuccca point blank! I wish the Lakers had him in 08′ cuz Ron lived up to his word that the Lakers needed him to beat Boston! I can’t wait to see Ron get his ring on opening night, the dude deserves it!

    • PRLaker

      yeah, i look forward to see him get his ring, i’m so glad to have him as a laker, he deserves it and there’s more to come still…..Fuck you miami!!!!

  • INGRAM

    Great article!! That’s why i love Ron, what you see is what you get…Ron is the man…he will be more of a difference maker this year…mark my word!!!

  • http://thetruthrenaissance.wordpress.com/ BE_A_LakerFan

    Wow.. that was a great interview. I have respect for Ron Ron. I can’t wait for next season!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    After all that and he`s still way more likeable than that phoney mamamba……….

    • 242LakerFan

      I’m not sure what disturbs me more, you know; the utter bilge you spew or the suspicion that you might really believe what you’re saying.
      If I thought Kobe gave a flying fuck what people thought about him, your inane prattle would be upsetting.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    inane prattle?really,what part of tardville are you from mr douche nozzle?

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      KOBE still won 5 championships and counting.now lebra lied about his elbow being hurt and had a melt down choke up series,SERIES!!! every year and never won EVER because he’s chicken shit and can not I repeat can not be a premiere player . now you tell me now who is better kobe or lebra? give us an answer once and for all .. tell us why enlighten us

    • 242LakerFan

      Inane prattle – e.g. “really,what part of tardville are you from mr douche nozzle?”

    • Leo

      Damn, I honestly think “laffs atu” is a closet Laker fan. Why else would SHE be practically living on our forum.

  • jayo

    Love how he sized up our big 3 (Drew is obvious the 3rd option but NOT on defense) against miami’s big 3. “I’ll take Lebra, Kobe got wade and Gasol gots bosh.” Cant wait till ring night when Ron will officially be welcomed into Laker lore.

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