Ron Artest Reveals He Drank Hennessy at Halftime

» December 2, 2009 1:03 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

From Artest’s eye-opening interview with Sporting News magazine:

Artest—best known as the central figure in the infamous Malice at the Palace in 2004—bared all, including a startling admission that he drank alcohol during games as a member of the Chicago Bulls, for whom he played from 1999-2002.

“I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime,” Artest says in the interview, which hits newsstands this week. “I (kept it) in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it.”

Artest also talks at length about his relationship with Ben Wallace (who instigated the Malice at the Palace by shoving Artest in the face after a hard foul), his time at St. John’s University, and his aspirations of becoming a heavyweight boxer. Worth a read. The alcohol admission calls to mind this blog on substance abuse in the NBA, by Sam Smith, who covered Artest in Chicago while working for the Tribune.

(Via @KBerg_CBS)

One Response to “Ron Artest Reveals He Drank Hennessy at Halftime”

  1. john amaechi Says:

    My insider sources are telling me that LeGone James is moments away from signing a secret code of the streets contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

    LeBronze once again wants to prove that he can turn the worst team in basketball into a perennial contender.

    And it’s fairly obvious that the Nets are the worst team in the L.

    Go national media!

    Would you like to know what I did during halftime in my days in the NBA?

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