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.