Former Pacer Ron Artest admits to drinking alcohol during games

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Give Ron Artest one thing, he never ceases to surprise, even when he seems out.

Today the former Pacers forward admitted in an interview with the Sporting News that he would drink alcohol at halftime of games early in his career when he was a member of the Chicago Bulls. Artest played there from 1999-2002 before he was traded to the Pacers with Ron Mercer, Brad Miller, and Kevin Ollie in exchange for Jalen Rose, Travis Best, and Norman Richardson.

"I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime," Artest told the publication in a recent interview. "I (kept it) in my locker. I'd just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it."

Artest also said that he was not at fault for "The Brawl", in which a hard foul by Ben Wallace turned into a players-fans fight at The Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19, 2004. It ended Artest's season, and has hindered the Pacers for the last six seasons.

To read his comments on the brawl and more of the Sporting News' report, click on the link below.

See More: Sporting News Interview With Ron Artest

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