Ron Artest: 'I am in no way associated with' anti-LeBron James party
In this corner of the blogosphere, many people probably would welcome Ron Artest hosting an anti-LeBron James-themed party. But even Artest has his limits.
Fliers have popped up in various circles this week showing Artest's image for a party taking place Friday night in New York, featuring the "[Expletive] LeBron" edition with the swear word in question being misspelled. Artest immediately issued a statement denouncing the affair, as reported by ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi.
"I am in no way associated with the nightclub party that is being promoted in New York City on July 16th that disparagingly refers to a fellow NBA player," Artest said. "We are in the process of pursuing legal action against all entities involved who are using my name, image and likeness in an illegal manner without my prior knowledge or authorization."
I'm not going to link to the party in question, but it only takes a few Google searches to find it. I'm by no means defending James and the way he went about "The Decision," but this is just the latest example of extreme reactions to James' decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat (think Dan Gilbert's over-the-top letter). Unfortunately, the party promotion also feeds into Artest's unpredictable persona and penchant for throwing various parties.
But even Artest won't go down this route.
-- Mark Medina
Photo: A happy-looking Ron Artest holds his team's championship trophy before Monday's Lakers victory parade. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.