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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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76.

Nunya    

I think he should change it to "Whirled Peas"

1131 days ago
77.

Hobo    

He doesn't know what peace is, he beat up a fan when he was on the Pacers!!!

1131 days ago
78.

MULLETINO    

More like "Metta Swirled Peas"

1131 days ago
79.

neenee    

SIMPLE

1131 days ago
80.

Jill    

Didn't he jump into the stands and beat a fans a$$ a few years back with Detroit if I'm not mistaken?! Just sayin!

1131 days ago
81.

Jill    

I meant in Detroit, not with.

1131 days ago
82.

Anonymous    

That's crazy, but not as crazy as the new show on Food Network, Extreme Chef!!! Chefs cook in EXTREME conditions, cooking rattlesnakes and skinning bears. Its gonna be awesome, check it out! Sneak Peek this Sunday, June 26th at 10:30/9:30c!!! SO EXCITED!!

1131 days ago
83.

Anonymous    

Thats crazy, but not as crazy as Extreme Chef-- the new show on Food Network! They have chefs cooking under EXTREME conditions, cooking rattlesnakes and skinning bears! Its gonna be awesome. Check out the sneak peek this Sunday, June 26th at 10:30/9:30c. SO EXCITED!!!

1131 days ago
84.

frank farrell    

Harvey I know your a big Laker fan and all but why don't give equal billing to a real sports league that plays in the winter. The NBA IS A FARCE OF A LEAGUE. Any given year 90% of the teams have no chance of winning a title. The games are boring as tit for tat for points get tiring after a while. And the stars are the biggest pre-madonna( right name since many dated her in the day) in the world. The NHL is where it's at. And witnessed by the Vancouver riots it more gangsta( a NBA GHETTO TERM) then anything the Stern fix will provide. Harvey why don't you go to a DUCKS OR LA KINGS game for once and see real atheletes in action.

1130 days ago
85.

Bucket    

It's been over an hour. Change name on site to WorldPeace & be sure to incl. your statement "We're told Ron wants to put the new last name -- Peace -- on the back of his L.A. Lakers' jersey."

Peace-out y'all :)
(avid tmz.com follower)

1130 days ago
86.

Nora    

Seriously TMZ guys, you need a better Photoshop-er! You gave him a pointy head and cut off his ears! LOL

1130 days ago
87.

QUE    

"Whass a METTA WIT U" Lame

1130 days ago
88.

tylan    

Foreal world peace he try to fight almost every game he play

1130 days ago
89.

jeff    

Ron Artest isn't about anything but marketing himself and "trying" to be a rapper. He's getting too old to be about much else on the court. How can you be about "world peace" when you just clothes-lined J.J. Barea in the playoffs when you knew you and the rest of the punk-ass Lakers sucked and couldn't do anything else to stop him. You were also a leading participant in the biggest fight with NBA fans.

1129 days ago
90.

JesseO3    

lol...you ppl obviously only know Hollywood gossip like a bunch of couch potatoe ladie-boys.

Girls probably too caught up watching the View and Jerry springer in the day time, bc only unemployed girls dont know about Sports nor the Lakers.

Heres and FYI on former Ron Artest:

1) Yes he has been thru some troubled times.
2) Yes, also those times are over.
3) He DOES try and help other people in extremelty selfless cases.
Before any of your ignorant couch potatoes run your mouth...go look up or google his actions.

You guys can start by looking up what he did with his first and ONLY Laker championship ring.......


fking losers.

i spit on all of you.

1126 days ago
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