Ron Artest Comedy?

You don’t have to tell me twice. If Ron Artest was doing a comedy show anywhere near the tri-state area, I’m there. You see, Ron Artest is my favorite athlete ever. Why? Here’s why:

Artest has been a subject of frequent controversy. In a December 2009 Sporting News interview, Artest admitted that he had led a “wild” lifestyle as a young player, and that he drank Hennessy cognac in the locker room at halftime when he was playing for the Chicago Bulls at the beginning of his NBA career. During his rookie season in Chicago, he was criticized for applying for a job at Circuit City in order to get an employee discount. He once attended a practice with the Indiana Pacers in a bath robe. He was suspended for two games in the early 2004–05 season by Pacers coach Rick Carlisle after he allegedly asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album for the group Allure on his production label. Artest had also been suspended for three games in 2003 for destroying a television camera at Madison Square Garden, and for four games for a confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley in 2003. He has also been suspended several times for flagrant fouls. Artest was also involved in the infamous Pacers-Pistons brawl in 2004. This year, he stated that he was going to change his name to “Metta World Peace”. If these are not reasons to love Ron Artest, I don’t know what is.

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