In a recent interview with host Bomani Jones on Sirius/XM radio, Ron Artest attempted to answer why he has recently been seen escorting an Asian woman - who is not his wife - to multiple high profile media events in Los Angeles.
Yesterday I reported that the currently-married Artest met the woman, stage-named “Shin Shin”, in a Beijing karaoke bar in July, 2009. He then brought the woman to Los Angeles the next month and claims to have signed her to his music label. She is not listed on the “artists” page on the official website for Artest’s label.
While at those recent media events, which included Thursday’s Twilight movie premiere, Artest did not introduce Shin Shin during interviews. Instead she stood behind him - off-camera. (If Artest “artist” Shin Shin was not at the two high-profile media events to promote her work for Artest’s label, why was she there?)
After Thursday’s appearance by the couple, MediaTakeOut.com reported:
Some of these NBA balers are just so BRAZEN with their sloppiness. MediaTakeOut.com learned that NBA baller Ron Artest has been bringing some exotic looking out with hm to red carpet events recently. The “official” word is that they WORK TOGETHER.
But one MediaTakeOut.com snitch suspects MORE. The insider explained, “Why are they always hugging and acting like a couple . . . that’s very DISRESPECTFUL to his wife.”
The insider continues, “Besides, I’d bet they’re f*cking.” Before joining the Lakers, Ron would NEVER be so blatant as to bring ANOTHER WOMAN to an event.
He and his wife Kimsha were together for nearly 20 years . . since the two were living together in a NYC housing.
The report said a source “suspected” that Artest was intimate with Shin Shin and characterized his marriage to wife Kimsha in the past tense. Though the site was careful not to make a direct allegation that Artest was cheating on his wife or that Artest’s current marriage to Kimsha was over.
Yesterday, Artest specifically addressed that Media Take Out report to Bomani Jones: Read more…