Ron Artest on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Deadspin and remarriage
In the strange world of Lakers forward Ron Artest, there are always things surrounding him that have little to do with what's happening on the basketball court.
This week proved to be no exception. Reports have circulated that Artest would consider appearing on "Dancing With the Stars." A TMZ report quoted him allegedly saying he's been divorced from his wife, Kimsha, since 2009. And there's of course, a Deadspin post that featured alleged sext message exchanges between Artest and a girl from Oklahoma City and an alleged photo of Artest's private parts.
Artest didn't shy away from that moments after his comedy show at the Brea Improv Friday night.
He sounded skeptical on appearing on "Dancing With the Stars": "I haven't thought about it yet. I like the show. Obviously, you have to dance. I play defense. I don't know if I dance."
He apparently is going to remarry his wife, Kimsha: "We've been together for 14 years. It doesn't matter what our status is. We're together. But we're going to get married again. We're planning to get married again. A nice big wedding. We're good though."
And in unprompted backstage moments before he was to appear on stage, Artest noted the "great timing" to have a comedy show because of what happened this week. He didn't offer the reasons, but it was clear he was referring to the Deadspin report. Even when the Improv's emcee made references to the story, Artest handled it in stride. I was going to stay away from that story since it doesn't really reflect good taste. But with Artest appearing indifferent about it, I shared my observation to him that he seemed to have a good sense of humor about the situation.
"You know what man, it was kind of crazy," Artest said. "People are trying to pull not even pranks, but try to stir something up that doesn't make any sense. It really doesn't make any sense. People call you and then pull pranks. I never shied away from the media. You can't be trying to end people's lives and what you think they have. I wasn't worried about anything. People are trying to start trouble and that's it. You have to move on."
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest disagrees with a referee's call during a playoff game against the New Orleans Hornets in April. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times