YAHOO~ It’s not the coolest name change in sports history, World B. Free has him beat there, and it’s not exactly a novel idea when Chad Ochocinco beats you to the punch a few years before, but Ron Artest’s(notes) pending name changeto — get ready — “Metta World Peace” is a real thing. An all-too real thing.
Apparently, Lakers radio reporter John Ireland broke the news on his show earlier Thursday, and TMZ picked it up from there. AP confirmed the madness is true. Metta World Peace, with “Metta” apparently a word derived from the Buddhist religion and the Sanskrit language meaning “friendliness,” “benevolence” and all manner of other heartwarming descriptions.
It’s the latest move from the kindler, gentler Ron — er, Metta World Peace. In the 6 1/2 years since he charged into the stands in Detroit to confront someone who had thrown a drink at him, Peace has rebuilt his image through his play with three other teams, won a championship in Los Angeles, auctioned off his championship ring to raise money for mental health research and care, all while staying incident free. He tended to clang quite a few jumpers as the Lakers disappointed and fell in the second round of the playoffs last month, but how can you get angry at a guy with “Peace” on the back of his jersey?
The change is up to you, Los Angeles Superior Court. Give Peace a chance.
I don’t even know how to reply to this without laughing. I don’t understand why people insist on changing their names in the first place, almost a slap in your parents face basically saying they suck at choosing names. I also don’t understand this name change at all, it doesn’t fit Ron Artest at all. I don’t like the name change that Chad Johnson went through with, changing it to “Ocho Cinco” but this has to be way worse. “Ocho Cinco” at least refers to his football number although it should technically be “ochenta y cinco” and not “ocho cinco” but at least he tried. But for Ron Artest to change his name to ‘Metta World Peace’ is just absurd. I love Ron Artest but he isn’t exactly the most peaceful guy in the NBA and did try to fight the whole city of Detroit back in 2004. What should I change my name to and how much does it cost?