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Video: Ron Artest explains name change to Metta World Peace

Jun 29, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

Ron Artest Parade

Earlier today, Ron Artest, who is in the process of changing his name to “Metta World Peace” went on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption to explain why he decided to change his name to Metta World Peace. Here are the quick facts:

– Artest got the idea when Chad Johnson changed his name to Chad Ochocinco, but it took him three years to come up with a name that he really liked.

– Artest settled on the “Peace” idea early, and briefly flirted with simply becoming “Ron World Peace,” but eventually decided to go with the fist name “Metta,” which he hopes will prompt people to look up the word and understand its meaning.

– “Metta” is a Buddhist term,  and while Artest is not Buddhist, he likes what the word stands for. According to him, it has many meanings, including “friendship, loving, kindness, and togetherness.”

– Artest hopes his name change will accomplish the same things that raffling off his championship ring in order to raise money for mental health awareness and visiting with prison inmates has done; spread a positive message to those who need it.

Those are the basics — for the full interview, click the link. For now, shine on, Mr. Artest/Peace.

  1. silk32 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Ron Artest is an attention whore. He’s taking the focus of the basketball community away from where it belongs – on the Dallas Mavericks. L.A. gets ousted by the Mavs yet instead of talking about the Mavs’ great season, everyone is talking about Artest and his silliness.

    • ahemahem - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      Ron is to be respected–we are all at different places on our life’s trajectory, and he decided to go far from where he started.

  2. drozman - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    How long until some clown changes his name in order to incorporate a sponsor? I guess it could be lucrative…like stadium naming rights.

  3. skip3525 - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    In LA it might translate into “Former Laker”

  4. ac0117 - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    I respect him for having the balls to actually change his name, and I like his message, but come on… this is absurd.

  5. bbrown2523 - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    I don’t think that picture will ever get old. It’s a classic.

  6. n2thaizzo - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    I disagree. I don’t see anything wrong with Artest changing his name to whatever he wants to. This is not taking any of the limelight away from the Dallas Mavericks. While the name may be “abnormal”, it’s his perogative. People do “abnormal” things all the time.

  7. fouldwimmerlaik - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Why doesn’t he change it to “I’m A. Complete Nutbag”. That fits him better.

    Or maybe change it to “Kobe Bryant.”

  8. theduuuuuuuuuude - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I say more power to him. I could care less what a player does off the court as long as it doesn’t effect his play on the court. To say that World Peace is an attention whore is just patently wrong, seeing as he was awarded the NBA citizenship award this year for his extensive charitable works around the country. Sure, he used to be a loose cannon, but what has he done to demand attention since the Brawl in Detroit?

  9. dogsweat1 - Jun 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I guess being in L.A.—Alexandro Mendoza Pedro Cortez was taken!

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