Is this true?
"No, not at all."
This is what Ron Artest told me, after I called him at the cellphone number I got from our author—who's neither a model nor a scuzz-money profiteer—who wrote that she texted with Ron Artest on this number. She also wrote that she received dong multimedia in June from this number. (And the number, which has a 310 area code? Registered to "Ronald Artest.")
And he told me all of this nonsense before his Friday afternoon Twitter spree, since deleted. Also before my email and phone conversations with Matthew Hiltzik, Ron's new powerhouse publicist, who reached out to me Saturday night. Hiltzik, a former Democratic operative, now handles Glenn Beck, Alec Baldwin, Katie Couric, and Don Imus, among others.