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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 1:25 pm  |  18 responses

Ron Artest Thinking of Donating Next Season’s Salary

Ron Ron has a very generous heart, as he has proven time and again. I’m not sure it’s something his financial advisor (assuming he even has one) approves of, though. From NBA.com: “Before he even gives away his 2010 championship ring in an online raffle to raise funds and increase awareness of mental-health issues in schools, the Lakers small forward is already focusing on another unprecedented donation that would mean millions of dollars and immeasurable attention to the same important cause. He told NBA.com he is seriously thinking about handing over at least half, and maybe all, of next season’s $6.79 million salary. ‘I’m definitely considering the whole thing,’ Artest said. ‘Or maybe 60 percent.’ Although he may not finalize details until the summer, he called the plan ‘very serious. I’ve talked to my wife about it already. It’s a powerful message. The message is about the inspiration. That’s what I want, to inspire people. People will be like, ‘Wow. Why is he doing this? Oh, that’s why. Wow. We need to help educate.’ I didn’t come [to the Lakers] for the money. Obviously I could have gone somewhere else, even a lesser market. Pay less taxes. The taxes here are freaking killing me, you know what I’m saying?’”

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  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    He’s trying to figure out what % of his salary he would have to donate for him to be considered certifiably insane. At which point he’d just be donating to himself, but would be able to deduct it form his taxes, which is clearly the real issue here.
    In all seriousness, good move by Artest. He hasn’t always made the best spur-of-the-moment decisions, but he has always had a good heart.

  • unrel

    Ron Artest has good intentions.. i hope it doesn’t backfire (ie: Derick Colmean) in the long run..

  • T-Money

    That’s not a good move. Damn his financial advisers, I hope someone in his fam can talk him out of that nonsense. No one will give him a 6 mil handout if things go bad when he stops collecting NBA checks. Donate SOME of your money, use your status to raise even more money. This is stupid, cmon now.

  • http://www.atomiclawn.com Lewis Marklin Mash

    I have had the privilege of hanging out with Ron several times, since he became a Laker, but my love and admiration for this guys grows by the day. I have prayed that God would use privileged athletes and entertainers to raise awareness to key issues and draw attention to the fact that this world is not just about getting paid and having more than we know what to do with. This world is a conscious existence where we all effect each other. This world is about to hit a financial depression, that in all likelihood, will never fully recover. Ron is thinking with that head he’s got, and he is listening to his heart. More of us NEED to pay attention. Ron, I hope you hold some exclusive seminars with Bill Gates and others to speak to the some of the world’s financial elite, and make a true and lasting impact! I got your back!

  • Kadavour

    stand up guy.

  • arjae828

    I appreciate his sentiment and maybe I’m just too cynical but I think he’s buggin’. Pretty sure he worked for everything he got and giving up so much of his salary isn’t going to stop the way people are treated. I have strong ties to the subject being that one of my siblings has some mental health issues. I applaud his willingness to give time and money, but I caution him to tread lightly. To outsiders, crazy people will always be crazy. No one wants to admit it but no one condemns the way mentally ill are treated or disregarded as subhuman or dismissible. Moreover, even with this new good guy charm, i know that he’s one Malice at the Palace away from getting black balled again. It’d be wiser to use his celebrity and ties to hip hop to get some type of fund raiser going to raise money. One of those $1,000 plate dinners or a celebrity game or proceeds from a mixtape with a host of popular artist. This would be twice as safe and about 70% as effective. Gotta love his willingness to put himself out there for his cause though.

  • Precyse

    As much as I hate the Lakers, it’s hard not to like Artest.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …..Ronny, I been loving all the kind gestures of late but….your salary???? seriously think about this bruh

  • MUBWAR

    Dude is gonna give away his paycheck. I hope he doesn’t get financial issues down the road like many other NBA stars..cough.the.cough.answer.cough

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    This may be a crazy move on his part, but it’s my kind of crazy. I’m liking Ron Ron more and more.

  • http://www.twitter.com/CFleguel The Stro Show

    Ron does the best self interviews ever

    ‘Wow. Why is he doing this? Oh, that’s why. Wow. We need to help educate.’

    Pure gold.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dude has a huge heart and tho is crazy he is very generous

  • Scottie Pimpin

    hes generous because hes crazy. da bridge da da da da da bridge !

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    seriously guys … who needs millions to live ? nice move here ( even if this guy is not ) …

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I think it’s great that he’s even considering this. He’s already gotten people talking about it so part of the impact is being felt. Overall a relatively small percentage of professional athletes have financial problems after playing (yes I know there are some high profile ones + rumours about AI etc). At the end of the day I really commend him for whatever he decides to do – this is a good cause. I hope other people of all leveles – famous or not, at least take some time to consider some charitable giving of their own (even $5.00 matters).

  • rich

    write the cheque rip it up and just say its the thought that counts

  • Drolfe

    You don’t think about it, YOU DO IT!

  • Hay

    I like his idea, but I hope he already got it all well planned for his own future….

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