Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ron Artest Beats Women!

Two months after being released from his probation stemming from the 2004 brawl at the Palace in Detroit Ron Artest is in trouble with the law. This time it’s because of an incident with another basketball player, fan, coach or anyone ever associated with the sport. Ron Artest is being accused of domestic violence. That’s right now he’s settled for beating women.

Placer County sheriff's authorities said the woman reported she and Artest were arguing inside the home Monday morning when he pushed her. The argument moved outside when Artest tried to leave in his Hummer, sheriff's Sgt. Andrew Scott said during a news conference.

"It resulted in some pushing," Scott said of the argument. "Mr. Artest had shoved the victim to the floor several times, then he attempted to leave."
Artest was booked into the Placer County Jail and released later on $50,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for March 22.

Sacramento Kings president of basketball operations, Geoff Petrie, announced on Monday that Artest had been removed from the team, pending a full investigation although he was still being paid.

Ron Artest seemed to have “turned over a new leaf” after arriving in Sacramento where he led the Kings to the play-offs and became a fan favorite last season. However, this season he has returned to the role of trouble maker. Whether its surprising team management with the announcement of a “knee injury” that won’t allow him to play, bashing teammate Mike Bibby’s defense or sitting out road trips for undisclosed personal reasons Artest is proving that he is almost a worse teammate than he is a person. The Kings just may discover that they are better without him because he has clearly lost focus on basketball right now.