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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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16.

en Todo Momento!!    

uh, helllloooo?? i already have the registered copyright for not only the term 'world peace' but for the entire concept as well. this is not going to happen without my approval. i haven't seen a check in the mail from MR ARTEST!! yet, so please, when that deal is settled, we can see farther from there. thank you.

1186 days ago
17.

shellian    

I can't understand why the judge hasn't declared him mentally unfit and force him to take his meds. lol

1186 days ago
18.

rob66    

Granted we are all entitled to change our names if we want but come on, how stupid is it to change your name to a phrase! After all the problems this a**hole has caused for the teams he has played for then to take a name that shows the opposite of his demeanor. Ron,your a jerk and changing your name is not going to change it for you. You truly want world peace then spend all of those millions they pay you to play ball on someone else other than yourself. Just maybe then you would warrant a real name change!

1186 days ago
19.

Fallopia Lopez    

Ridiculous. Did a 10-yr old come up with the idea?

1186 days ago
20.

fred    

He should change his name to "Massive ****storm" , that would get some attention !

1186 days ago
21.

BW    

Really... I think you should put BAG on your shirt
and we all know what that stands for...

1186 days ago
22.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Again I'll remind folks, especially young ones, this is just a retread of someone from the 70's who had the idea first, ABA player World B Free who played in the early Dr J days born Lloyd Bernard Free.

These people have nothing original, they bank on everyone being stupid like he's the brain who came up with this. Ron "I beat yo azz" Artest from the Bulls in the beginning for him is how I remember HIM.

They unloaded him because he was trouble then as the 16th pick of the '99 draft. Jordan had him shipped outta town..

1186 days ago
23.

who dat    

The guy is a complete headcase. The judge should personally put a butterfly net over him.

1186 days ago
24.

Billy Greep    

He can't even get along with people on the basketball court. He's probably the Flagrant Foul King in the last decade. Ron Artest should change his name to World Hypocrite.

1186 days ago
25.

jj    

c'mon... give peace a chance..

1186 days ago
26.

fred    

How about "Wanta Smokabong" that would be kool !

1186 days ago
27.

PokerStar    

He is a head case for sure. Poor guy . . .

1186 days ago
28.

Evan    

Good God. He has truly made craziness into an art form. Need proof? Check all this craziness out: http://www.ranker.com/list/ron-artest-a-list-of-ron-artest-moments/kevin

1186 days ago
29.

Ace    

I told some friends about 10 years ago that 1 day an athlete or athletes will change their last name so it will appear on their jersey. I said the names might be funny, or something dirty or, a statement of some kind. The reason I said the athletes would do this is because they have lots of money and too much time on their hands.

1186 days ago
30.

BW    

***** PLEASE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTMNrx87Hw0

1186 days ago
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