Ron Artest auctioning NBA championship ring

LOS ANGELES

Ron Artest has pulled some wild antics, but his decision to auction off his ring comes from the heart to raise awareness of mental health.

"If I can give something that I love and I worked so hard for all my life, it will send the message out," Artest said. "It's a powerful message for something that needs to be addressed."

For only $2 a ticket, anyone can win the ring valued at $25,000.

"I have family members who are directly affected by mental health issues," said Artest. "On a large or small scale, I was affected probably right in the medium."

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