Ron Artest, in his continued campaign to become beloved in all corners of America, has joined the season 13 cast of Dancing With the Stars, where he'll attempt to out-step Hope Solo, Famous Rob Kardashian and paragon of calm Nancy Grace. Why did Ron-Ron agree to dance? For more publicity, right?
Nope. He's doing it to raise money for cancer research, because his eight-year-old daughter Diamond, who beat cancer at age four, asked him to.
Unflappable Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times spoke to Ron-Ron about the decision to join the cast.
"[Diamond] said, 'Daddy, you can do it,' " Artest recalled Monday in a phone interview. "It's going to be fun."
It wasn't just a case of Artest being unable to say no to his daughter. At age 4 in 2007, Diamond was diagnosed with wilms tumor, Artest said, a kidney cancer that affects children. So in honor of his daughter successfully fighting the illness, Artest said he plans to donate the money he earns on "Dancing with the Stars" to the Cancer Research Foundation.
This isn't the first time Artest has used his fame and wealth for good: he auctioned off his 2010 NBA Championship ring to raise money for a mental health charity.