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Ron Artest: I'm Changing My Name ... RADICALLY

6/24/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Say goodbye to Ron Artest and HELLOOOO to Metta World Peace ... Mr. Metta World Peace to you.

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Yes, Ron is going the way of Cassius Clay, Lew Alcindor and Chad Johnson.  Ron's filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court to change his name to -- World Peace.

FYI, metta means loving, kindness, happiness and all that jazz.

We're told Ron wants to put the new last name -- Peace -- on the back of his L.A. Lakers' jersey.

These name changes are typically granted by a judge unless it would result in confusion or fraud. 

Hey, give Peace a chance.



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16.

mrsschrute    

I think his choice of a new name is lovely. He is attempting to publicize that he believes and hopes for peace. Like many of us, he just has a larger platform on which to do it.

Good luck to you, Mr. Artest/Peace. I wish you peace, my friend. I hope that you can inspire others as well.

Shalom!

1115 days ago
17.

Flower    

Idiot.

1115 days ago
18.

asstird    

ron artest is that same guy who got in a violent
brawl in a playoff game several years ago. how
about just showin' peace instead of implying it.

1115 days ago
19.

Necola Grigsby    

If he wants to be taken seriously, he is going to have to quit ball and start promoting world peace. Even if that means selling every material possession he has, and taking every dollar out of his bank account(s) to give. We will see, the ball is in his court now, only he will control if he is seen as a joke or not.

1115 days ago
20.

HOOV    

how about....peace . of . s#1^
and put p.o.s on the back of the jersey

1115 days ago
21.

Marco    

If he plays like he played last year the Lakers will be saying PEACE-OUT!

1115 days ago
22.

Jj    

Is he doing this for authentic (real personal) reasons? Don't know.

But if he's doing this to grab attention, I wouldn't care either. As least he's not trying to claim he had sexual relations with an engaged celebrity only for everyone to (quickly) discover that he was a selfish, pandering, lying liar-face.

1115 days ago
23.

firebaby    

well now, this gives a whole new meaning to when a beauty pageant contestant answers that she wants 'world peace'....

1115 days ago
24.

Scrum    

Ron-Ron becomes Met-Met?

1115 days ago
25.

MyOpinionOnly    

firebaby - Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaha! That was AWESOME! Wish I had thought of it myself! :)

1115 days ago
26.

Marilyn    

With all the bad-boy (and girl) behavior these days it's refreshing to read about somone putting forth a little positivity, even if it does come across a bit silly.

1115 days ago
27.

Kari    

I've never heard of him, anyway. So--probably not a strong enough force to be worthy of being called "world peace".

1115 days ago
28.

Julius    

His nickname shall now be Metta-Metta instead of Ron-Ron.

1115 days ago
29.

Cujeaux    

Hey if it keeps him out of the stands throwing haymakers, I'm all for it.
The Lakers might want to consider a psych eval during the off season. He probably upped his meds.

1115 days ago
30.

ARTOFWAR    

....The irony is that World Peace would place many more Americans on the unemployment roll. War is an industry like any other revenue generating enterprise.

World Peace would kill-off an industry that employs hundreds of thousands, if not millions of American workers, directly, or indirectly. So think about standing in line at the employment office the next time one of you simpletons embraces the foolish notion such as World Peace.

World Peace is a myth. since man began to walk on his hind legs there has never been peace, and until man walks the earth no more, will there ever be long lasting peace.

Yet even brief hours of time when there may be some resemblance of peace, it is not itself peace, it is preparation time for the next war.

All, even deaths of wars may bring, has a function....Artofwar

1115 days ago
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