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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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61.

ed    

@ballin
you got some ballin in your mouth alright

1163 days ago
62.

KnuckleDragger    

Snappy catch name. As soon as the buzz goes up...this guy'll be selling signed basketballs painted like the world for $100 a pop.

You watch...

1163 days ago
63.

OMG    

IEP

1163 days ago
64.

Jersey Dave    

World B. Free Part II!

1163 days ago
65.

Cromulent    

Many years ago NBA'er Lloyd Free changed his legal name to his nickname - World B Free. The day it became legal what do you think his new nickname was? Lloyd.

Just keep calling the guy Ron.

1163 days ago
66.

Frank    

I guess he forgot to tell the Improv:
http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Hollywood/Event/RON-ARTEST-ULTIMATE-COMEDY-TOUR-(SPECIAL-EVENT)/36cb8e73-0a67-4d6c-a5d7-49c2d26ee34f

1163 days ago
67.

efinrahtards    

He should change his name to "RUHTARD".

1163 days ago
68.

Sonya in Tx    

This guy is an around the bend nutjob.

1163 days ago
69.

pink4shar    

Careful how you change your name Wow!!! that's gonna be like getting a bad tattoo if he cant live up to the name.

1163 days ago
70.

Kay    

He means World Piece.

1163 days ago
71.

belle    

He's obviously doing this to STAY A LAKER.

1. I love him, but he is seriously crazy. He knows his name is being shopped around, and there have been rumors that teams already DON'T WANT HIM. This is obviously another bullet he's firing to create an unstable image of drama that he brings, something that NO TEAM WOULD WANT.

1163 days ago
72.

lou    

What a stupid new name, especially when he has a very nice original name. Oh well, celebs are a crazy bunch, aren't they?

1163 days ago
73.

SaraBellum    

What an idiot.

1163 days ago
74.

Janice    

That's just stupid. Oh please.

1163 days ago
75.

Tomas    

Reaading a lot of these comments just solidifies the thought that there's an exorbitant amount of retarded people in the good old USA. And it's great that there are so many forums for you all to prove it!

Ron's been doing a lot of selfless good deeds over the last 1 1/2 years and is really trying to head in the right direction. Speaking for mental health on the Congress floor, speaking at countless schools, raffling his one and only championship ring etc.

Funny, everyone wants the world to be a better place, but the second someone actually voices it we have to make them feel stupid for doing so. To hell with the person that is able to use their celebrity status to get the word out a little faster, right?

Yes Ron or Metta has a lot of time on his hands right now, but hey so do you reading TMZ, right?

Grow up!

1162 days ago
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