Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  14 responses

Ron Artest to Donate ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Earnings to Cancer Research

Well, it’s official. Ron-Ron will be on “Dancing With the Stars”, though he doesn’t sound too confident about his dancing ability. Artest says it’s all for a good cause, though. From the LA Times: “Concerns over his poor dance moves and mobility quickly evaporated for Ron Artest as soon as he talked with his 8-year-old daughter Diamond. She’s the only one who the Lakers forward said could convince him to appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ‘She said, ‘Daddy, you can do it,’ Artest recalled Monday in a phone interview. ‘It’s going to be fun.’ It wasn’t just a case of Artest being unable to say no to his daughter. At age 4 in 2007, Diamond was diagnosed with wilms tumor, Artest said, a kidney cancer that affects children. So in honor of his daughter successfully fighting the illness, Artest said he plans to donate the money he earns on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to the Cancer Research Foundation. That will include the $125,000 Artest said he’s making for appearing on the show beginning Sept. 19 and any additional money he earns should he advance in each round. ‘That’s the only reason I’m doing it,’ Artest said. ‘I’m doing it for a cause.’”

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  • logues

    ok, so i know this is a nice gesture and all that. but, these guys make so much money cant they donate money for cancer research without having to do a show? pro athletes could donate so much more its ridiculous. greed in america is something else

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    That’s why I love the guy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    And they have to take care of Mom ‘n ‘Em.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Unfrozen. Before you start naming names you should search “billionaires donate to charity.” A bunch of them have donated half their wealth to charities.

  • Fat Lever

    Are we really complaining over a gesture like this? Seriously, it’s no reason athletes are so prone to give generic answers. D@mned if you do, d@mned if you don’t. The man also donated proceeds earned from selling his championship ring, which I’m sure is priceless in value to someone like Artest to charity. If you complain over something like this, I feel sorry for you.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If an athlete doesn’t donate any money, it’s “oh, he greedy, he don’t ever do anything for the community”.
    If an athlete donates a nice chunk of change, it’s “that’s it? Dude’s a multi-millionaire and this is all he’s gonna donate?”
    If an athlete donates his whole damn salary, it’s “wow, that cat was stupid. Giving away all his money, what an idiot.”
    It truly is damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
    Just CHILL and worry about yourself.
    Go volunteer your time at a soup kitchen, or homeless shelter.
    Donate a certain percentage of YOUR salary to charity (which I’ve done before, and trust, I’ve never even come close to sniffing a six-figure salary) and THEN, MAYBE you can criticize someone else for not giving enough.

  • Eldon Khorshidi

    The man.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    CoSign ENIG. STFU Logues lol.

  • chingy

    Ron the good guy. Crazy how far he’s come in terms of PR since the Brawl.

  • EJ

    Can’t hate this, but I don’t get the selling his championship ring for charity thing. Couldn’t he just give the same amount from his salary, and keep the ring since he only has one? Just saying.

  • EJ

    Also I hope that these good peeps who donate money aren’t so image conscious about it. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t”, so what? As long as people get help, right?

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Lakers need to trade Ron-Ron, he’s become too likeable and it’s causing confusion for me and my Laker hatred. And eff Logues. Unless you’re donating all of your disposable income don’t rip on somebody because you don’t feel they give back enough.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ logues: It’s not the same at all. The money he gets from the show IS his “salary,” but doing it this way only increases publicity, both for himself and for the charity. Hopefully it will inspire more people to donate.