Our old friend Ron Artest is back at it again, opening up to a reporter about the past and shocking people with his words. This time, he spoke with Steve Greenberg of The Sporting News and talked about drinking during halftime when he played for the Bulls, his hectic youth at St. John’s and why things didn’t work out in Chicago or Indiana. (via Red’s Army)
“It was all my fault. The first team, in Chicago, I was a head case. I worked really hard but still had this ghetto thing in me that I could not get out. … I could’ve stayed at Indiana my whole career, but I said I wanted to be traded. I was getting more stable, but I was still unstable and I was a bad teammate. They had to get rid of me.”
He goes on to talk about his remaining hostility towards Ben Wallace, presumably pursuant to that night in November 2004 that Pacer fans remember all too well.
“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.”
UPDATE: Forgot to post this video of Ron on Jimmy Kimmel last week. My fault.
Jimmy Kimmel: “I have a feeling Coach Jackson is going to be delighted by this appearance.”
Ron: “He might be giving me a book tomorrow. Yeah. He might be giving me a book.”
Oh, Ronald again.