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Artest for Saujani

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 09:43 AM

WNYC

Queens-born NBA player Ron Artest is the latest supporter featured on Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani’s web site.

Artest--whose Queensbridge Houses are in the 14th Congressional District--is seen here holding a piece of Saujani campaign literature. Along with Wall Street employees, Saujani is trying to cultivate a following among younger voters. Sauajni is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who was elected to Congress in 1992.

Saujani recently had a fund-raiser featuring artist John Legend and has rubbed elbows with Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.

Artest would undoubtedly be part of that younger voter outreach. But, there may be a drawback. Artest is most famous for launching into the crowd at an Indiana Pacers game in what is thought to be the worst brawl in the sports history. To his credit, he has been behaving himself since.

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Comments [4]

djleroy from the hinterlands

Saujani is a joke and NO progressive. Google her comments from earlier this year about how people should "take it easy" on Wall Street.

Illustrating the vapidity of popular culture. John Legend is already a half-baked musician; now he is an easy fool too.

Jul. 22 2010 06:02 PM
Miguel from Queens

Jon, you're a judgmental jackass.

Artest was born in Queens and went to St. John's University. He's more New York than anyone currently on the Knicks roster.

He shouts out "Queensbridge" at the end of Laker victories. It doesn't get any more New York than that.

He pushed, not slapped the woman in 2007. He apologized and served his time, end of story.

He's done far more for charities and society in general, both inside and outside of New York than you've done in your pathetic existence.

Try opening your mind and supporting your fellow New Yorker, like Ron Artest.
Or else just keep being a moronic loser who enjoys spreading hate and focusing on the negative.

Jul. 20 2010 10:41 PM
Jon from New York

Is this a joke? Besides Artest's famous brawl with the pacers, in 2007 he was excused by the Sacramento Kings and arrested for SLAPPING A WOMAN! He also plays for the LA Lakers, shouldn't we be Knick's fans here in New York?

What's next a Red Sox endorsement for Reshma. Pathetic.

Jul. 20 2010 03:03 PM
Keith Golden from Brooklyn

Your comments on Ron Artest are outdated. His fight in Detroit happened nearly 6 years ago. In the time since then, he's been doing much much more than "behaving himself."

He has built 2 AIDS clinics in Africa with his own money, recorded a rap song about the plight of persecuted women in Afghanistan, been a spokesperson for PETA for pit bull rights, & won an NBA championship as a vital member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

If you're going to cover a story, present a full & fair picture. If we want half truths that show black athletes in a negative light, we can turn to FOX news.

Jul. 20 2010 01:13 PM

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