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Ron Artest -- World Peace to Come in August

6/24/2011 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ron Artest will have to wait until August before he can officially call himself by his proposed new name, Metta World Peace, 'cause that's the earliest he can get in front of a judge ... TMZ has learned. 

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Artest filed the official change of name documents with L.A. County Superior Court yesterday -- in which the NBA star chalks up the name swap to "personal reasons." 

Artest has a hearing scheduled for August 26 to make it legal ... but there's a catch. According to the docs, anyone who wishes to challenge Artest's name selection can object in writing up until two days before the hearing. 

But c'mon -- is anyone really gonna challenge World Peace?  



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1.

Abe    

I hope the judge laughs him out of court.

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1132 days ago
2.

nicole    

what an azz! Where the hell did he find such a stupid name. I'm calling him Douche

1132 days ago
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No comment    

Hmmm, Mr. Douche Bag is already taken?

He is jealous because Kobe is a star, and Lamar has a reality show.

1132 days ago
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QE2    

Please, this is not new. World B. Free did this in the 70s/80s with the Cleveland Cavs. I have no idea what his real name was. Artest is a copycat.

1132 days ago
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TMZ dont like me    

C'mon Ron-Ron. Stop trying to copy World B. Free...

1132 days ago
6.

Rhubino    

And in a related story, Kim Kardashian is changing her name to "Used Piece".

1132 days ago
7.

tami    

Funny...he's always stirring up crap and now he want to change his name too funny!

1132 days ago
8.

Stiletto    

What a freaking retard. His inner idiocy is only surpassed by Dennis Rodman's outer idiocy.

1132 days ago
9.

Carl    

The judge should probably deny this on the basis that Artest has (self admitted) mental problems.

1132 days ago
10.

HarryPalms    

World Peace is just a dream ;-)

1132 days ago
11.

Jj    

Changing his name will be a Peace of cake.

1132 days ago
12.

RealityBites    

IDIOT!!!

1132 days ago
13.

Jillian    

UTTERLY STUPID AND RIDICULOUS. I THINK THIS GUY IS A COUPLE CANS SHORT OF A SIX PACK ANYWAY.

1132 days ago
14.

Kari    

Seems like a pathetic, desperate act to get attention. I hope lots of people write the judge and object.

1132 days ago
15.

Jodi    

This is so stupid and shows how desperate he is for attention. I hope the judge turns him down.

1132 days ago
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