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Artest gives $18,000 in tickets to fan

Updated: June 4, 2010, 3:59 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES -- Ron Artest has used his Twitter account in a variety of attention-grabbing ways, even infamously posting on his account earlier in the playoffs that Lakers coach Phil Jackson should "shut his yapper."

On Thursday, Artest opened up his wallet and plopped down $18,000 on two courtside seats for Game 1 of the NBA Finals and gave the tickets away to a fan who tweeted him.

"In the season I've been giving away a lot of tickets," Artest said. "I've been buying tickets ...

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