Ron Artest Files Petition to Change Name to Metta World Peace

Ron Artest Files Petition to Change Name to Metta World Peace

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Eccentric LA Lakers forward Ron Artest had filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court yesterday to change his name to “Metta World Peace”.

The 31-year-old NBA star was born Ronald William Artest Jr. In the court documents, Artest cites personal reasons for wanting to make the change.

“Metta” is a word derived from the Buddhist religion and the Sanskrit language meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non-violence.

This is the same guy who in November 19, 2004 was a major player in the most infamous brawl in professional basketball history, the Pacers-Pistons brawl.

But after being signed by the LA Lakers in 2009, he started to have a change of heart.

He auctioned off his LA Lakers 2009-10 championship ring and donated the proceeds to various mental health charities nationwide. He was also awarded the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award given to a player, coach, or trainer who shows “outstanding service and dedication to the community” at the end of this season.

Now this. He wants to promote world peace. And it starts with him changing his name.

Artest wouldn’t be the first NBA player to make a change to an unusual name.

Lloyd Bernard Free, who played in the league from 1975-88, had his name legally changed to World B. Free in 1981.

In the NFL, Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Johnson legally changed his last name to Ochocinco in August 2008. The name means “eight five” in Spanish.

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