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Mr. World Peace: I Didn't Tell Wife About Name Swap

6/24/2011 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ron Artest -- AKA Mr. Metta World Peace -- just went on "TMZ Live" ... and said he kept his name-change plans so secretive ... his OWN WIFE HAD NO IDEA ... until TMZ broke the story.

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Metta claims he's been toying with the idea of changing his name for a while ... and was thiiiiiiiis close to settling on Mr. One Love ... but ultimately went with Metta World Peace because it would have a bigger global impact. 

We'll post the full interview shortly. Stay tuned.

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16.

Phil    

ron artest is a great name. I guess someone had to beat out cat stevens.
It's true, 95% of this world is ****** up.

1156 days ago
17.

Jodi    

He didn't tell his wife cause he knows she's not going for this stupid BS name change of his and the only global impact it will generate will be people around the word saying what an idiot this clown is.

TMZ, I see you guys are already calling him Metta. SMH. Now we see why some foreigners call us stupid Americans.

1156 days ago
18.

Jodi    

DirtyMiner 18 minutes ago

Should have changed his name to Imma Dumbass!!!
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OMG you hit the nail on the head. LOL.

1156 days ago
19.

GabyO    

This jackass doesn't understand that his existance does NOT mean anything to the billions of people on this planet - only to the basketball fans. Hope the Lakers trade his a$$.

1156 days ago
20.

BW    

Global Impact, are you friggin kidding
the only global impact this will have
is the rest of the world will know you
are a TOTAL IDIOT, hey there's a name
that fits you perfect.---TOTAL IDIOT---

1156 days ago
21.

Franc    

I like the sentiment but Meta has only one T.

1156 days ago
22.

EHM    

Who is he? Never heard of him...by either name? Is it a slow news day over at TMZ?

1156 days ago
23.

John_Dunkel    

I can't wait for the NBA commentators... "World Peace slams it in!!"

1156 days ago
24.

asstird    

global impact? no one gives a s$#t about you and your
name changes. Oh wait a sec I can see it now. A terrorist
is about to assasinate the president but standing next to
obama is mr. world peace. they have a meet & greet the
terrorist realizes because of mr. peace he can't go through
w/ it nice job jackass

1156 days ago
25.

Bubba    

Cool... until the next time he goes into the stands to attack a fan like he did in Detroit.

1156 days ago
26.

Superman    

He doesn't need to "Go Loco". He's already there.

1156 days ago
27.

Rich     

And I care WHY??? I really could CARE LESS!!!! Way too much space given to this loser.

1156 days ago
28.

peoplearesilly    

Who cares? How VERY DUMB.

1156 days ago
29.

DatDogBitez    

Narcissistic Dweeb... he should change his name to that.

1156 days ago
30.

tomas    

DUMBASS would be more fitting.

1156 days ago
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