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Ron Artest says he drank during games while with the Bulls

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Thumbnail image for ron_artest_bulls.jpgIn an interview in the Dec. 7 issue of Sporting News, Ron Artest admits to drinking during games while he was a member of the Bulls.

Artest, who played in Chicago from 1999-2002 says, "I used to drink Hennessy ... at halftime. I (kept it) in my locker. I'd just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it.

The 30-year-old forward has long been as known for his eccentric nature as for his superb defensive skills. In 2004, he was suspended for 73 games for brawling in the stands during a game in Detroit.

Drinking hard alcohol during halftime is possibly even more confusing behavior, considering the physical exertion it takes to hustle up and down the court.

Not exactly something you want to do after enjoying an 80-proof refreshment.

Artest says part of the reason for the drinking was because the Bulls were losing so often.

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How about drinking during halftime of the Bears games? Makes more sense!!

The problem with drinking during halftime, is that if you did it then, you are more likely doing it NOW.Old uncaught habits are hard to break. So if There is anything eles youve done during the game shut your mouth until you are out of the GAME.

Wow. A model citizen like Ron Artest was getting liquored up at inappropriate times?

Odd. His behavior was always so level-headed, calm, and rational. I never would have thought such a thing.

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