Enigmatic NBA star Ron Artest has told The Sporting News that he use to drink Hennessy (French cognac) during halftime of games during his first few years in the league with the Chicago Bulls.
“I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime,” Artest said in an interview with The Sporting News, which is publishing the story in its Dec. 7 issue. “I [kept it] in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store and get it.”
Artest went on to tell TSN that he was one wild child as a 19-year old father and NBA star.
“When I was a 19-year-old father, whew. I was a single pimp! I was wild,” he told the magazine. “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.”
Artest gained national attention in 2004 when he rushed into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills to attack a fan that had thrown a cup of soda at him.
Ron currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.