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Ron Artest

Name Change FINALLY Official

Say Hello to World Peace, Baby

9/16/2011 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Goodbye forever, Ron Artest -- TMZ has learned, the Lakers star is now legally "Metta World Peace."

It became official less than five minutes ago -- when an L.A. judge finally granted Metta's name change petition ... more than three months after Mr. World Peace decided to undergo an identity switch.

Good thing there's an NBA lockout -- because now there's plenty of time for the Lakers to crank out some new jerseys. So Metta.

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31.

kitnplayn    

Another stupid American.

948 days ago
32.

kitnplayn    

Another stupid American.

948 days ago
33.

bluzzone    

What a lame name change.What does he stand to gain for such a name change ?

948 days ago
34.

tmongeon    

ygtbkm!!

948 days ago
35.

CT    

What a bunch of haters...

So the guy changed his name, who cares...

What does this have to do with Haiti?

Most of yall would be better served figuring out whats making you miserable rather than hatin on somebodies actions that have no influence on you

948 days ago
36.

FranzH    

I agree about the haters. Can't you people understand the IMPORTANCE of SHOWING the world how you support world peace? It's not about actually DOING something, it's about APPEARING to do something. We should all change our names, then we'd really get world peace. Let's hold hands. All we are saying, is give peace a chance.

948 days ago
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michaelgreene215    

i dig it when you buy his jersey you'll promote world peace

948 days ago
38.

FranzH    

We should ALL buy the jersey. That would raise AWARENESS. And that's all you need. AWARENESS. If the bad people in this world were just AWARE of the need for world peace, they'd be peaceful. I'm serious.

948 days ago
39.

RealityBites    

NO "BIG IDIOT"

948 days ago
40.

Cujeaux    

It was worth the wait bra. Rock that jersey!

948 days ago
41.

Ben    

regardless of job or bank account, he does realize he's an idiot doesn't he?

948 days ago
42.

FranzH    

But he's NOT an idiot. Don't you see that it's all over the news today?? And millions are hearing that name "Douchebag World Peace" or whatever, and that alone will start making people more peaceful. I feel more peaceful, because I'm more aware of World Peace right now. Thank you Ron Artest, or "Dingbat World Peace" or whatever. I hope you get the Nobel Prize because you're truly awesome.

948 days ago
43.

Angie    

@ FranzH - Yeah, BUT changing his name is not gonna bring World Peace or feed the hungry or stop the wars!! What is a name change gonna do? NOTHING!!! He can't change the world by himself.Not even changing his name to Metta World Peace.

948 days ago
44.

sky    

Is P. Diddy jealous ?

948 days ago
45.

FranzH    

Angie, are you so thick you don't realize I was being sarcastic? Incredible.

948 days ago
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