Ron Artest Broke Michael Jordan’s Ribs Way Back in 2001 (Video)

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It turns out when Ron Artest was just a wee-lad, he had been experiencing some issues with drinking and behavior on the Chicago Bulls.

Back in 2001, just before Michael Jordan was making his third comeback, he jumped into a pickup game with Artest, and was, as Antoine Walker tells it, lighting up and talking smack to Artest.

The whole thing was reported by the Tribune, and here’s their claim:

It’s being said that Jordan was in full trash-talk mode that day. He had been telling Antoine Walker of the Celtics to count on four losses to the Wizards next season, and he was hitting jump shots in the face of Artest and taunting Artest about his time with the Bulls and was getting personal. The story is that Artest stayed back in the lane, and then when Jordan came in the next time, Artest grabbed him and slammed him to the floor. That’s supposedly when the ribs were broken.

Artest is also said to have thrown a punch at Jordan afterward. Word is the participants were sworn to secrecy or wouldn’t be allowed back in the private gym near Jordan’s West Side restaurant. Who knows if it’s true, but it certainly sounds more realistic than the story Jordan has been telling.

When asked about it recently on a talk show, Artest claims there was no fight, just hard basketball. He did say that he felt bad for the injury he caused Jordan, saying that MJ would have played better had he not been forced to sit out for months to recover.

Here’s the interview:

Hat Tip – [Complex]

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