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Ron Artest auctions off championship ring

Dec 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

Last night after the Heat had finished wiping the Lakers off the map (or the Lakers had finished wiping themselves off, depending on who you ask), Ron Artest had himself a little party. And at this party, he finally auctioned off his 2010 NBA Championship ring with all proceeds going to support mental health awareness. The winner, among stars like Denzel Washington and the Laker fan elite? Raymond Mikkael, father of four from Hawthorne, California.

Artest really is a hero for doing this, and it’s a sacrifice that shows his commitment to the cause. As much as it may seem insulting to others who have the ring or just more of Artest being wacky, giving back this way gets him press (much like this). A simple donation would be a footnote in an article about the Lakers getting trounced by Miami, but auctioning off the championship ring gets more people interested and could really do some good. It’s a sacrifice, but in the end, that’s sometimes the only way to truly create change.

  1. footballcoach17 - Dec 26, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Ron, you should give it to the organization you destroyed…Pacers! Glad to hear that money will be put to good use though.

    • willeyb296 - Dec 27, 2010 at 1:19 PM

      Yeah Ron,, how is that Rap album coming along for you?? Thanks for everything you did for (or too) the Pacers Mr. Artest!

      • cordae - Dec 27, 2010 at 7:04 PM

        Either I really cant read, or this article really has nothing to do with the pacers…

        Seems like people just come here to bash people who are richer than them, no matter how much good they’re doing to change. That incident was 5 or 6 years ago. If a sefless act, such as giving something up you’ve worked towards your whole life, for people you dont even know, doesnt make you look at the guy in a different way then i dont know what else will.

  2. cosanostra71 - Dec 27, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    I appreciate what Ron did for us last year and I am glad he is finally turning his life in the right direction, but I think it may be time for the Lakers to move in another direction! I still think we have a great shot at the championship this year, but Artests shot jacking ways get tiresome!

  3. thestudiokida - Dec 27, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Why wouldn’t you just donate a certain amount of money rather than sell the ring? I’d never give up a championship ring. If my house burnt down I’d grab the ring and leave the kids behind.

    • willeyb296 - Dec 28, 2010 at 4:38 PM

      Exactly (not the leave the kids to burn part).. I mean that just shows the amount of respect this guy actually has for the game. I am glad he is putting his money to good use and helping a worhty cause but seriously,, sell your ring?? Very few people have one of those and to just sell it like he did is a slap in the face to the game and it’s history.

      Artest,,, you make PLENTY of money… Donate that and keep the ring. Not many people can say they have a title ring as their own.

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