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TMZ Photog Seals Ron Artest/Lakers Deal

7/3/2009 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ron Artest is officially a Los Angeles Laker -- this according to a verbal commitment he made with a TMZ photographer outside of a club at 1 AM this morning.

Ron Artest Click to view!
It's reported the Lakers have offered Ron $18.7 million for three years or $33.5 million for five years -- so we'll gladly take our 20% fee once ink hits paper.

You're welcome, L.A.

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Linda Mott    

I don't think TMZ has a leg to stand on. He can claim he was drunk or kidding. As Harvey always says on the Peoples Court, "Get it in writing."

1936 days ago
2.

L    

For bouncing a ball around a court? What do our police, firefighters and military make? Hmmm....

1936 days ago
3.

Democrats are evil    

Why would the Lakers ruin a good team and acquire this piece of human trash? I guess greed always gets the best of everyone.

1936 days ago
4.

DomGotHerMemorialTix =)    

It is true.. we lost Trevor Ariza n now we got Ron Artest's punk azz.. BOOOOOOOO!!!!

1936 days ago
5.

Rek    

This was announced early last night that the Lakers signed Artest.. how is it TMZ is claimning responsibility for breaking this story?? just because they have Artest saying it. Yahoo sports had Lakers GM MItch Kupchak saying this at 10pm last night.

1936 days ago
6.

who gives a shit    

No wonder California is going down the tubes!!

1936 days ago
7.

Chris    

Hell yeah! We finally got Artest. Cant wait to see him in a Lakers jersey. This is what the Lakers needed to repeat. Go Lakers!!

And you losers need to chill out. Of course TMZ isnt taking credit. Its a joke you wierdos. Alot of freaks on this site. Go read up on MJ.

1936 days ago
8.

Nick Nino    

hate to break it to you tmz but he was already on sportscenter earlier that night and said he signed with the lakers...he was wearing the same outfit too...but he is going to the Lakers holla!

1936 days ago
9.

Shelly    

I don't know why everyone would be so excited to have this jerk on their team?? All he did was cause trouble when he was a Pacer. (Hello, the whole Detroit Pistons mess!!) Then he went to Sacramento, then Houston, and now L.A.??? I don't think he is worth all those millions!! Especially when CA is in a big budget crisis!! Not very smart!!

1936 days ago
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Ms.Rita    

8. I don't know why everyone would be so excited to have this jerk on their team?? All he did was cause trouble when he was a Pacer. (Hello, the whole Detroit Pistons mess!!) Then he went to Sacramento, then Houston, and now L.A.??? I don't think he is worth all those millions!! Especially when CA is in a big budget crisis!! Not very smart!!
Posted at 2:34PM on Jul 3rd 2009 by Old Indy Chick


How stupid are you to think California Citizens pay the Lakers salaries. The damn owner pays their salaries and we get the state taxes from them.

WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR EDUCATION...AT A CRACK HOUSE?

1936 days ago
11.

Mega    

I'm not a fan of Artest infact I kind of hate the guy, but for all of you hating on him saying why does he get paid millions and the police only get paid thousands? Or saying why would we pay him so much if CA is in a finacial crisis.....

You guys are morons, athletes are not paid by the tax payers they are paid by the fans just like actors. Athletes who generate millions deserve to be paid millions especially when the average career of an athlete is 7 years. Movie stars can make more in one yeah than an athlete in his entire career and nobody says anything.

1936 days ago
12.

bimjg    

glad he didnt come to cleveland, he is a busta

1936 days ago
13.

Laker fan 2492    

I hate artest. He is such an a-hole. The lakers wont be as fun to watch next season for me. This sucks.

1935 days ago
14.

paige    

Ron Ron is on the down hill side of his career, ya'll can have him! he did nothing for us! we will gladly take ariza!!

1932 days ago

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