Ron-Ron. The same guy who asked for some time off back in the day to focus on his music career. The same guy who led the Palace Brawl in Detroit. Remember that guy? With the help of a little psychological therapy, he has certainly changed his ways. In an effort to mirror that change, Ron wants to change his name.
Artest filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court today in an effort to legally change his name from Ronald William Artest Jr. to Metta World Peace. I’m not Buddhist, but my understanding is that Metta relates to a virtue of kindness. I can dig.
Metta World Peace. I’m not real sure if it’s one big name or if Metta is the first, World is the middle and Peace is the last–I’ll certainly be stoked to see “Peace” or “World Peace” on the back of his jersey next season.
I know you’re probably calling BS on this one, so here are the documents.
One thing Ron Artest has been in the past several years–other than a barrel of crazy–is kind. He’s incredibly approachable in the community, and you never know where he might show up and just start giving stuff away for free. You’ve gotta look forward to his appearances on late night talk shows, that’s fo’ sho’. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s on Jimmy Kimmel soon to talk about this new Ron Artest–excuse me–Metta World Peace development.