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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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46.

lala    

I like it! His old name made him sound like a criminal: Ron Arrest! This one make him sound all nice and groovy.

1132 days ago
47.

Norcalsally    

Its good to see people change. When he was with the Kings, he was cited for animal cruelty/neglect when his dogs were found on his abandoned property and my friends saw him slap his wife in front of a club, in front of the cops.

1132 days ago
48.

Monica    

ron artest or metta world peace? well I wouldn't especially if my name wuz THAT, but i guess it's a hollywood thing... but he is really setting himself up for some pretty high standards if he changes it but actually not any different then our real names lol funny guy!!

1132 days ago
49.

ballin    

before people below call him an unedcuated athlete maybe you should know he is actually pretty intelligent and was a math major. Maybe you are the one who is uneducated.

1132 days ago
50.

realist    

Lets Have Peace, **** Rockefeller, **** The rothschilds, and **** the Bilderbergs.

1132 days ago
51.

Du    

man, its so faaaar

1132 days ago
52.

Ron    

This is great! Go Ron!

1132 days ago
53.

CD    

@ *****:
I like your style. But if your comment disappears it might be more due to your screen name, just sayin'.

1132 days ago
54.

CD    

See, I can't even say it in my comment!

1132 days ago
55.

birdman    

Its a lot better than Kareem Abdul Jabar i'll give him that.

1132 days ago
56.

Cynmac    

@Ken - I was thinking World B. Free too. Man, I miss the 70's.

1132 days ago
57.

en Todo Momento!!    

funny that that guy wallace is never mentioned in the fight that 'occurred'. he's the one who started all of it. what's he changing his name to? ayatolla khomeni?

1132 days ago
58.

appraiserman    

He may be good on the court, but there is a huge rattling sound between his ears. The guy is a KOOK!

1132 days ago
59.

CD    

Post-draft:
The Morris twins are adorable- but maybe they should change their names to Majestic and Scientific. Just sayin'.

1132 days ago
60.

ed    

hope he doesnt decide on the spelling... wurld peess

1132 days ago
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