Feb 22, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT
Ron Artest used to have a dog, but by his own admission gave it away because he didn’t know hot to take care of it. His dogs spent more than two months in a county shelter because he neglected them while he was in Sacramento. Two of his dogs died after being hit by cars.
So that means he makes the perfect spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
For the second time Artest has teamed up with PETA for a campaign, this time aimed at the large stray/homeless (I’m sure there’s a politically correct term for this I don’t care about) dog population in the city. In a billboard in the heart of Los Angeles urging people to have their dogs spayed or neutered. “It’s a slam dunk” is one catchphrase, the other is “have the balls to spay or neuter your dog,” both worthy of Letterman.
Tuesday is national spay day — of course there is a national spay day, stop snickering — and the billboard was unveiled to coincide with that. This is a good cause, and you should get your dog (or cat) clipped. And if Ron Artest can get more people to do that… well, great. Weird, but great.
- Jim Buss defends Byron Scott as Lakers coach, “He has the Laker blood in him” 2
- Jim Buss open to the idea of Kobe Bryant playing beyond this season 30
- Derrick Rose on sexual assault suit: “I am confident I will be proven innocent” 2
- Report: Kyrie Irving likely not back opening night, could be out until January 14
- Legendary Sixer, backboard-shattering dunker Darryl Dawkins dies at 58 14
- After Rio Olympics next summer, who takes over at Team USA coach? 8
- Kobe, Shaq discuss regrets over feud that ended their Lakers era 49
- NBA fines Clippers for attempting to circumvent salary cap with DeAndre Jordan 10