The Starting Five Ron Artest Interview: “I Keep it 100%”

Posted in Blogroll on November 13th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

*repost because original link was broken. Just so happens to be Ron and his brother Daniel’s birthday. 

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There is no denying Ron’s positive effect on Queensbridge

This interview was conducted this summer (December 2007) in Long Island as Ron was getting ready for the season–just days after the referee gambling scandal hit the press.

Ron Artest has been through a lot since coming out of St. Johns eight years ago and it’s been well documented. I wanted to do this interview to give fans a more well rounded opinion because of how Ron’s been vilified before and after The Brawl. I’m thankful Ron agreed to do this because most athletes would remain reticent and never speak again to the press. I would see tidbits of him giving back to the community and wondered if this cat is so much of a monster, then why do children all over the nation seem to love him? He’ll tell you he’s responsible for the public perception of him because of his rebellious relationship with authority early on in his career. He’s made a fair share of mistakes, but it’s not the whole story and we all know how the media runs with negativity.

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