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Artest officially becomes Metta World Peace August 26

Aug 3, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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We just want to keep you up to date on World Peace. It’s not as far away as it seems.

Turns out we could have World Peace by Aug. 26. That’s when Ron Artest’s name could officially change to Metta World Peace. Don’t just take our word for it, we have the word of TMZ (via Ball Don’t Lie).

Long story short — anyone looking to officially change their name in the State of California has to get a public declaration of the name change PRINTED in a local newspaper 4 times — once a week, 4 weeks in a row.

On July 19th, Ron’s LAST declaration to become Metta World Peace was published in the L.A. Daily Commerce — but the name change won’t become official until August 26th … when a judge is scheduled to sign the order.

Time is running out to sell your Artest jerseys so you can buy a World Peace jersey. Well, once the lockout ends.

  1. mrklutch1011 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    I think that any name change “appearance” should be like a wedding in that peers should have the chance to speak now or forever hold their peace. Really, where are this guys friends and family on this one?? The name Metta might just be a synonym for idiot from now on

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