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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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31.

Abe    

I think he screwed up his chances of every marrying a Kardashian.

x

1182 days ago
32.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

This is a ploy to sell merchandise for the NBA as much as anything you can bet. Now you'll see gangbangers being hauled in from the hood wearing these with "PEACE" on the back....Go brutha's...

Another thing he's copying World B Free that I bet half the kids in here never heard of from the ABA and early DR J days. Lloyd Bernard Free

1182 days ago
33.

CD    

@ Ken & Chicago Nick-
Yeah, my first thought was that this is a World B. ripoff action- Here's hoping that in 25 years, Peace will turn out to be half the man that Free is!

1182 days ago
34.

Beth    

Ron, Ron, Ron...What are you doing? He's always been a character. Can't imagine having to call him World Peace though lol hmmm...Im so confused.

1182 days ago
35.

SHOOTER12    

...and he claims to be over his mental problems...or at least getting help for them...FAIL MOFO...FAIL..

1182 days ago
36.

en Todo Momento!!    

and so when is the pilgrimage to india scheduled? KUMBAYA MY LOOOOOOORD, KUMBAYAAAAA!! shouldn'ta smacked that fan in the noggin, man.

1182 days ago
37.

rick    

Ron road the 6 seater short bus, wore a helmet, and was in the back wearing a mouth guar******ing the window. Ron is dumb as a box of stale Captain Crunch.

1182 days ago
38.

LakersGirl     

The posts on here are just a shining example of why the world hates Americans and why as you continue to be ignorant m*therf*ckers something like world peace will never be possible.

Is it a bit silly? A bit left field? Hell, yeah. But he's not hurting anyone so why jump him for it? If anything he may be bringing some good to the league.

And to the idiots calling it a "money grab" or asking what he'd know about world peace as a Laker. Learn a bit about the man before sounding off like a d*uche. 1) He grew up in the projects in NY - money is a VERRRY recent thing in his life. 2) He AUCTIONED off his ring to raise money and awareness for mental health - this is a man who is actually doing more good in this world than most of you keyboard warriors. 3)mental health is nothing to kid about - a good percentage of our population needs the help though not willing to admit it because of the stigma attached

And finally - if you are asking "who is Ron Artest" or "don't know he is" please don't post - your ignorance is just sad.

1182 days ago
39.

rick    

Lakers Girl - He's been in the league for MANY years and knows what money is. If he wasn't WHO he is you wouldn't give him the time of day. He's a pathetic individual.

1182 days ago
40.

CrabbyPatty    

Idiot...been hit in the had ONE too many times...just sayin'

1182 days ago
41.

Stephanie    

This is the kind of thing 5 year olds think up.

Enough said.

1182 days ago
42.

ManiacalZebra    

These idiots just love the publicity of changing their names to something just to get attention. World Peace? Ochocinco? GMAFB!

1182 days ago
43.

Damon    

Does that make his wife Mrs. Metta World Peace?

1182 days ago
44.

Muppet    

Classic case of more money than brains.

1182 days ago
45.

Iowa48    

Considering Artest's intellect, I am pretty sure he meant
"Whirled Peas", which is something his mama used to cook for him.

1182 days ago
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