Ron Artest Admits to Drinking at Halftime During Games

by NESN Staff

December 2, 2009

Many basketball fans that have witnessed Ron Artest perform at his wild level could be sure that he was on something. Well, they're right — he was.

The 30-year-old Lakers starter recently told the Sporting News that he would drink Hennessy at halftime during basketball games.

"I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime," Artest said 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."

In the interview, he speaks about the 2004 brawl in Detroit and also admits to his partying teenage years where he "was a single pimp! I was wild. A lot of marijuana and alcohol — even before [that age]. ? I [still] party and I have fun, but not like I used to. I used to drink every night and party every night."

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