"I used to drink Hennessy ... at halftime," Artest said in an interview with the Sporting News, which is publishing the story in its Dec. 7 issue. "I [kept it] in my locker. I'd just walk to the liquor store and get it."
Hennessy is a French cognac.
Artest said he drank when he played for the
He also criticized NBA referee Joey Crawford, who was on the floor for two games of the 2009 NBA Western Conference semifinals. In Game 2, Artest was ejected after an altercation with Kobe Bryant. In Game 7, Crawford also officiated, and the Lakers won 89-70 to close out the series.
"Joey Crawford basically said, 'Who cares about the Houston Rockets? Kobe Bryant is on the floor,'" Artest said, according to the Sporting News.