But in other news he just threw $45,000 at a poor kid in a recent trip to China because he wanted to help him. Gotta report the bad and the good with Artest as it's rarely all one thing so it's important to be even handed.
WUHAN, China, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest has donated his diamond watch to a high school student in Wuhan Wednesday to support his education.
Zheng Fengyu, 15, is the captain of Wuhan NO.1 middle school's basketball team.
Ron played basketball with Zheng Wednesday afternoon, and gave the boy later his watch, which is worth 45,000 U.S. dollars (about 300,000 yuan), according to a report by local media.
"He is great. Never let me shoot easily," Artest said. "Hope this can help realize his basketball dream."
Zheng was born in a poor family in Wuhan, a city renowned for heavy industry in central China.
After getting the watch, the teenager said with appreciation. "August 14th is my birthday, this is just the perfect gift for me," he said.
Ron played basketball with Chinese young players in a local university in the afternoon, attracting nearly 3,000 people to watch.