Los Angeles Lakers’ Ron Artest: “Tru ‘Princess’ Warier”

May 7th, 2010 by Josh Hoffman Leave a reply »
Amid an age in which the Internet has engendered Facebook friends and 140-character communication called tweets, you would think that grown men would still act like, well, grown men.

Especially someone who grew up in New York's Queensbridge Projects, the largest public housing development in North America.

Who saw his home go up in flames at an early age.

Who lived among 12 people in a two-bedroom apartment.

Who was raised in a neighborhood so rough that he claims to have witnessed murder on a basketball court.

And who has since been judged and jailed, shunned and shuffled, pounded and punished.

You would think these experiences would produce a person so mentally stout that it would take a near-death disaster to stagger his psyche, if it's at all possible.

You would also think I am talking about a bum who boasts a slab of cardboard that reads, "Obama ain't the only one who wants change."

Or a delinquent drug dealer.

Or heck, even the troubled Lawrence Taylor.

But brace yourself, because instead I am recounting the thin-skinned, strikingly-sensitive Ron Artest.

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