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Ron Artest to sell his championship ring to raise money for mental health awareness

Sep 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for artestwins.jpgRon Artest does not do things half way. Not on the court — if he is after you defensively he is Pit Bull relentless. Not off the court, which the many tales of his youthful imbibing can attest to.

And not with charity work.

We told you recently Artest was appearing with congresswoman Grace F. Napolitanoto to promote her Mental Health in Schools Act Well that was not just lip service, and he is not just putting his money where his mouth is.

He is putting his championship ring there.

Artest will set up a specialized auction where he will give his ring to the winner. Artest will never wear it, there will be a ceremony the night he gets his ring and he will turn it over to the high bidder, as he told Scott Howard Cooper of

“You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important…”

“For five years, I’ve been wanting to do this psychology-type of assistance, but I never had an outlet where I could make a big impact, as far as where the most people could see it. It was always like maybe 10 or 20 people seeing what we were doing. The idea came from when I was in Sacramento. I had marriage counseling. I also had anger management. It just made me think that counseling is not something generic. …

As we said before, it may make an easy joke but this is a great cause for Artest. Remember he thanked his psychologist from the podium after Game 7, and therapy seemed to help him come to terms with his demons. He is more mature now (well, except when cited for driving around lately).

People will listen. Maybe somebody who saw a stigma with therapy will seek some help they need. Maybe the money raised will help bring therapy to a school and to a child that otherwise would not have had that outlet.

Not many people would make the level of sacrifice that Artest is willing to. But that’s Artest, when he believes in something he is all in.

  1. ocgunslinger - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Ron Artest has grown more than I can believe. Hard to believe that I would ever say more athletes should be just like Ron……but they should.

  2. Beavis - Sep 9, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Ron Artest promoting mental health… That just REEKS of irony.

  3. Jams - Sep 9, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    How can you sell something that you do not currently own? How can anyone think that this guy is normal? The Lakers will have to deal with this for another four years?

  4. Dave G. - Sep 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    I’d give a $1.00 for it. Or maybe Ron needs to sell it to help pay for the Ref’s kids in college?
    Fact- Each NBA team plays 82 games in the regular season.
    Fact- 82 games multiplied by 30 teams = 2460 games in the reg. season.
    Fact- That’s 2460 4th quarters JUST DURING the reg. season.
    Fact- Boston held a sizable lead and lost by only 4 points.
    Fact- The Ref’s called 21 fouls in the 4th quarter, the MOST FOULS COMMITTED DURING THE 4TH QUARTER ALL SEASON!!!!
    Fact- Many were phantom fouls.
    So, we’re to believe that the VERY LAST game of the season, a 7 games series between La and Boston which was tied 3 games each, and the VERY LAST 4th quarter of the season and 21 fouls were committed?
    2460 4th quarters PLUS playoff 4th quarters and the Ref’s managed to call 21 fouls in the VERY LAST GAME AND 4TH QUARTER of the season to GIVE the win to La ??
    Ref’s- get a job you can actually, you know, perform!!

  5. Lupe - Sep 9, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Fact: You’re a dumbass. There is no rule that the Free throws have to be the same. Boston fouled senselessly in the 4th quarter, and brought the loss on themselves. So why don’t you stop whining about it, and move on. Idiot.

  6. davo - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    JAM, dude just shut up allright? “how can someone sell something he doesnt own?”. You are out of sync with the outer world man. Just stop phrasing what lawbook say, and instead be normal, be like others, look at it from a different perspective, be multi-minded, dont just concentrate on something that you have been taught when you were 12-13. When i first read the title “ron artest tries to sell the ring.” I was like, “who is this deushe?” why would he sell the ring, without even thinking that there could be something to explain this. But when i read it, man that changed my mind, because honestly if i won a ring, i wouldnt find something that would make a good trade with it. But this guy is trading his ring, his ring that he is SUPPOSED to own, and the whole world knows that, YOU, being out of sync with the outer world, even YOU know that on the opening day of NBA season, Lakers will get their rings, and that Ron Artest happens to be on that team, so you gotta be an a”” hole to even question that, and secondly, if lets just say even that is the case, that “it is not right to try to sell something you do not own,” Wouldnt you sell me your house if i offered you $3 mil cash right now? You sure would, but dude, you do not own that house, BANK does, and you probably will own it in 20-30 years. This guy is tring to sell something he will own in a few months, guaranteed. And he is doing it most likely for children in need, something probably your child might need one day, put yourself in different people’s shoes for one second, look at how you are using internet for which you pay 30 bucks, and there are people who would use that 30 bucks on food for a month, just look at the other side of the world, the human world, dont be self concentrated, and you will clearly see Ron Artest and his value to the humanity.

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