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Metta World Peace in a panda costume? Sure. We got that.

Aug 11, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

That is The Pandas Friend, better known as Metta World Peace or, as his parents named him, Ron Artest.

He was getting in some run at one of the best pickup spots in Los Angeles, Venice Beach, where they have a summer league.

And he wore a panda costume. Because of course he did, I mean he will play this season in China. I have no other comment.

  1. ans2034 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Shameful.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Gotta agree. He is truly bringing shame upon the denizens of Venice Beach. No one would ever wear something as ridiculous as a Panda Costume in public in that straight-laced community. Now that the normality of Venice is compromised, what’s next? Next thing we know, there will be farces of doctors prescribing medical marijuana to people all over the boardwalk, all thanks to MWP.

  2. arrondior - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Ron Artest AKA Metta World Peace, is a really smart guy. He’s always come across as thoughtful to me. He changed his name to Metta World Peace to inspire young people to strive for world peace. I can’t think of a more noble gesture that a celebrity could make. I have always appreciated his sense of humor and his willingness to be apologetically himself. The new name change is a fun way to endear himself to his new fans in China, whose national animal is the Giant Panda. I wish him the best of luck.

    • arrondior - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      ugh unapologetically!

  3. worldbfree4me - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Is their a difference between Rodman aka Worm and Metta aka Artest? These two are very similar.. Smh

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Panda Friend hasn’t been to North Korea.

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