Pivot Points: Is Alcohol To Blame for Ron Artest’s Untimely Fall?

December 30th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
In a recent interview with ESPN, Los Angeles Laker forward Ron Artest says that he has no memory of the events preceding his tumble down the stairs of his home on Christmas evening.

This is not unusual considering that one of the symptoms of a concussion is short-term memory loss, but it reminded me of a personal event that occurred on my birthday a couple of years ago.

A friend and I were set to conclude an evening of hard partying with breakfast in an attempt to dilute the effects of the large quantities of alcohol we had previously consumed.

My friend went upstairs to retrieve a jacket to blunt the bite of the early morning air, while I waited at the bottom of the stairs in anticipation of our trip to the Waffle House.

To say we were intoxicated would be a huge understatement and my friend proved it by the sequence of events that followed. For some reason he turned off the lights on the staircase, tripped on his feet, and ended his brief descent head-first into the wall at the bottom of the stairs.

Needless to say we were the proud owners of a gaping hole in the wall, and my friend had the privilege of sustaining the fi ...

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