Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  49 responses

Goodbye Ron Artest, Hello ‘Metta World Peace’

Ron-Ron is apparently no more, as he will soon be legally-known as Metta World Peace … Yes. From the LA Times: “Just when you thought you had seen it all regarding Ron Artest … The Lakers forward filed paperwork Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to legally change his name to Metta World Peace. ‘Metta’ is a Buddhist term. One definition for the word is ‘a strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others.’ NBA players need to file papers with the league to change their jersey number, but no such action is necessary for name changes, according to a league official. It is up to the Lakers, and Artest, to determine if his new name will appear on the back of his jersey.”

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  • Trout

    … and the madness continues…

  • Riggs


  • Gaz

    In other new BETCATS is looking to change his name to GAYCATS

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Ron Artest. Winning.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Gaz – you’re a prat. BET hasn’t commented on here regularly (even semi-regularly), for months now. It’s not funny & never was.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max


  • p

    the player formerly know as “ron artest”

  • Overtime

    Yeah where is Bet? Want his chime on Jackson being given away

  • Nic

    can’t wait to see him start a brawl with “World Peace” written on his back

  • ripslam

    Is “World” his middle name or something?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Whats going to be on his Jersey?
    World Peace?

  • robb

    The psychiatrist just gave up on Ron… Metta… whatever!

  • ClydeSays

    Love it. Artest continues to amaze me.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Oh no !!! Please somebody tell me, Is this really true? If it is, Ron really needs serious psychotherapy.

  • Oh Nose

    gotta cop a retro “world peace” jersey

  • toinefan88

    This is great. With all the war going on and lack of concern for the welfare and happiness of others by the powers that be, Ron is using his platform of fame to spread an idea that doesn’t get enough attention: the concept of a world at peace.

  • thecomputerdude

    Nickname should be “Crazy as Cat Sh*t”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFvy4YSt1tQ EJ

    A guy named Metta World Peace doesn’t need a nickname.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    No different than “World B.Free”.

  • Karl

    Will his new jersey say Metta World Peace? There’s not enough space up there for his name. “Metta” or “World Peace” or just “Peace” lol

  • Dagger

    We need more guys like Ron Artest in the league. Not even Rodman changed his name. That’s legit.

  • David J. Moore, IV


  • Tyrant56

    dude is certifiably grade A, level 10, top shelf Krazy. speaking of which his mother should slap him and herself. smfh

  • DMS32

    says the guy that ran up in the stands and punched a few fans, got to give him credit to make a statement when he can’t really do it playing basketball anymore

  • sam

    Does he think this will get people to forget about his past? He is still the same person that gave up his ring, has a drinking problem, and is know infamously as the main “criminal” in the Pistons-Pacers brawl.

  • youngmuggsy

    No less ridiculous than being called Kobe or Lebron.

  • Dagger

    Yeah, damn him for selling his ring for mental health awareness!

  • unrel

    @sam.. that was an idiotic comment..

  • robb

    @sam “he’s the same person that gave up his ring” yes, and he did it for a good cause. You f*cking idiot do you even realize what you’re saying?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    This is hilarious man. Gotta love Ron Artest….oops I mean Metta World Peace.

  • Blue

    Looks like Ron Ron, cough, Metta, found the New Age community over on the west side of LA. Good for him.

  • hillbilly

    Lakers to Artest: “Peace, out.”

  • O

    I hope dunn didn’t become a scientologist.

  • Jose

    I wanna hear “World Peace Wins The Game!” Haha

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Or “World Peace gets rejected!”

  • Kid Viscious

    LMAO haha what if he gets in another fight? there goes World Peace throwin blows lmao

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    remember when rodman wanted to change his name to orgasm?

  • the truth

    @ sam…what an idiot

  • http://jayemmbee23.tumblr.com clutch performer

    and we thought chad ochocinco was bad

  • vtrobot

    i love this. wish he did it sooner. “world peace” on the back of his jersey would be amazing. i might have to get one of those.

  • hushabomb

    If Chick Hearn was still callin games (RIP) then it might go “Kobe bringin up the ball, entry pass to Gasol, Gasol turns and passes to World Peace. SLAM DUNK!”

  • Towelie

    Artest should concentrate on improving on his offseason…

  • andy

    The Artest formerly known as Ron (I can’t take credit for that, I heard someone else say it).

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    hope lakers trade him for scalabrine

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’m gonna laugh the first time I see “World Peace” on the back of his jersey.

  • Yesse

    Did Ron lose a bet or something?

  • robb

    His other choices:
    (allball blog)

    Quincy P. Weisenheimer
    World Still B. Free
    Metta Whirled Peas
    Metta World’s Biggest Justin Bieber Fan
    Metta World Half Off Roscoe’s House Of Chicken And Waffles
    Chukwudiebere Maduabum
    Greta Van Sustron Artest
    Queensbridge What
    Ron Artesting The Boundaries Of Societal Norms
    Ron Swanson
    Ron Kardashian
    Kick-Butt McGraw
    Ron Artest Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo
    Metta World Of Warcraft
    Metta Man With Seven Wives As I Was Going To St. Ives
    Metta On A Sunday And My Heart Stood Still, De Doo Ron Ron Ron, De Doo Ron Ron Artest
    Way Cool, Jr.
    DJ Fluffernutter
    Max Power
    Ron Arquiz
    Warning! This Is Not Artest
    Ron Yourtest
    Ron Artvandelet
    On Rartest
    Arrest Not
    No Starter
    Star Tenor
    Metta World Peace College #NBAplayersthatsoundlikecolleges

  • chris

    I’d change my name too if I was considered a “pro” basketball player and sucked as bad as him..

  • Lyger-Shark

    I love it. If you’re not going to perform well, might as well be entertaining.