‘Peace and Love towards all’… Ron Artest always wanted to name himself that but it seemed quite ridiculous. Well, when he came of age the NBA icon realized that he can change his name to a much more common and ordinary name that won’t only be easier to pronounce but would be shorter, not to mention less alarming.
So, the 31-year-old went to court and requested his name to be changed to ‘Metta World Peace’. Artest’s parents seem fine with his son’s decision but had Nelson Mandela, Ban Ki Moon or Mahatma Gandhi been present in court during the hearing they would have certainly objected. They would obviously have been jealous.
As for me, I still can’t wrap my head around why Ronald William Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace. Ron Artest seems to be a cool enough name but maybe an overshadowed Mr. Peace wants to be called MWP (if you catch my drift) or maybe Peace found out he could take up the Messiah opening.
According to reports it took lesser time to change names from Ron Artest to Metta World Peace than fans are spending time to find out reasons behind the saga. A brief hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday morning was enough to make the change official.
Artest’s publicist, Courtney Barnes told media that although Artest was expected to show up he was not present for the ruling, nonetheless his attorney, Nahla Rajan, represented her client as commissioner Matthew C. St. George presided over the case.
“(Rajan) walked up, the judge said, 'We understand he wants to change his name and he wants to do so for personal reasons,' and it was granted,” Barnes said. “That was it. It was that quick.”
Reports have also confirmed the reason behind the delay in Artest’s request to change his name last month. An outstanding parking ticket stood between Artest and Peace for a month.
“As soon as we found out about it from the previous hearing, once we were able to track down the ticket, it was immediately taken care of,” Barnes said.
Artest’s 8-year-old daughter, Diamond is also expected to change her surname now that Artest will be known as World Peace. “This process needed to go through (Friday) and be legal before there would be any pursuit of that,” Barnes said.
In an interview earlier this month Artest commented on the issue, “Metta is going to be the first name and it means like friendship, love and kindness.” Artest also hinted the reason behind his name change, “World Peace is going to be the last name, so everybody can get ready to buy their World Peace jerseys.” With the NBA lockout going on he was probably half serious.