Lakers’ Ron Artest to change his name to Metta World Peace legally

By on Jun 25, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States, Weird Comments

Updated: September 17, 2011 4:48 p.m.

Read Ron Artest name change request approved, Metta World Peace now official

LA Lakers‘ forward Ron Artest wants his name be legally changed to Metta World Peace, with Metta in Buddhism means “a strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others”.

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As noted at Los Angeles Times on Thursday, June 23, 2011, Ron Artest wants to change his name to Metta World Peace and cited personal reasons for doing so.

According to the report, Ron Artest, through his lawyer Jill Rubin, filed a petition in a court in Los Angeles that day to change his name and will be set on a hearing on August 26, 2011.

Artest, 31, born Ronald William Artest Jr. was noted to have received the 2011 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award last April for his outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Early this month, TMZ reported that the NBA star launched the reality-TV show “Last Second Shot” where he aims to give former inmates a chance to change their lives through basketball.

However, a report at ESPN noted an incident back in 2004 when Artest still play for the Indiana Pacers, as he inappropriately approached a fan, and was suspended for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, other NBA players who have changed their name include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, from Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr; Mahmoud Abdul-Raff, from Chris Jackson and Bison Dele, from Bryan Williams.

On the other hand, reports say that once the court approves Artest’s new name, it will be the decision of LA Lakers and Artest himself if his jersey for the next NBA season will bear World Peace or not.

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