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Ron Artest admits he used to drink Hennessy at halftime

Leave it to Ron Artest(notes) to try and steal a little of Tiger Woods and Allen Iverson’s(notes) headline thunder.

In a lengthy and candid interview for the upcoming issue of Sporting News magazine, Artest — best known as the central figure in the infamous Malice at the Palace in Detroit — bares all, including a startling admission that he drank alcohol during games as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

‘I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime,’ said Artest, who played with the Bulls from 1999-2002 and now is with the Los Angeles Lakers. ‘I (kept it) in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it.’

And David Stern is worried about halftime tweets

For those unfamiliar with the’prestigious alcohol landscape, Hennessy is a brand of cognac, which is a French variety of brandy. It contains 40% alcohol, and is reportedly North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s drink of choice. (Of course it is.)

And that’s not all.

Artest speaks openly in the interview on many other sensitive topics, including his life as a St. John’s college basketball star (‘I was a single pimp!’); his feeling towards The Brawl’s’instigator Ben Wallace(notes) (‘I’m always in the mood to fight him’); and his plans to become a professional boxer (‘In four years, I’m going to try to have my first fight’).

Andrew Sharp is right: Ron-Ron should be obligated to give a feature-length interview at least once a month.

What a character.

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