Dec 8, 2013
‘Crazy’ Ron Artest Is a Mental Health Star
Posted on Dec 9, 2010
The Lakers forward is known for his antics—such as showing up to a talk show in his underwear—but he’s becoming famous for talking about an issue that is often concealed: mental health. Artest is funding therapy and mental health awareness through the sale of his championship ring and possibly the donation of his entire $6.79 million 2011-2012 salary.
The NBA champion has already raised enough with his ring raffle—nearly half a million dollars—to hire eight school therapists, he says.
He will reveal July 1 what percentage of next year’s paycheck he plans to donate. He says he might give away the whole thing. —PZS
“I definitely want to thank ... my psychiatrist.”
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