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Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  8 responses

Ron Artest’s Name Change Inspired By Chad Ochocinco


Ron Artest can’t officially become Metta World Peace just yet, but he explains what led to the name change, and his difficulties with paying those darn parking tickets he keeps getting. From ESPN: “Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest says he was inspired to change his name to Metta World Peace by Chad Ochocinco, assisted in selecting his new name by a mystery woman, and foiled in formally doing so — until at least his next court date on Sept. 16 — by a complete lack of knowledge about how to pay parking tickets. ‘It comes down to the parking tickets. I don’t know how to pay a parking ticket. I’ve never paid a parking ticket in my life,’ Artest [said]. ‘There’s so much fine print,’ Artest continued. ‘I just get them and throw them in my glove compartment.’ When asked if that’s the explanation he would give to the judge at his next court date, Artest said, ‘I have to. I want to change my name and get it over with already.’ And just how did Artest get the idea to change his name in the first place? ‘When Ocho did it, I was like, ‘That’s kind of dope. I want to change my name,’ Artest said. ‘But then I was like, ‘I’m not going to do it because that just don’t make sense.’ Artest obviously changed his mind somewhere along the line, and the decision wasn’t as impulsive as it might’ve seemed.”

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  • http://tempdog1 stephen

    Taking advice from Ocho? hahaha Ron u idiot

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    YEA ITS SO HARD TO PAY A PARKING TICKET. DOESNT HE HAVE SOME COUSIN OR SOMETHING TO HANDLE THINGS LIKE THIS?

  • Yesse

    How is it so hard for rich people to pay parking tickets?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Is it that hard to just go to a different state where he doesn’t have pending parking tickets and change his name there?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “Ocho Cinco” might sound dope if you’re not a spanish-speaker.
    But “Chad Eight Five” sounds as stupid as “Chad Ocho Cinco” to those of us that are.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    He already said this months ago. Slam could be covering the burgeoning pickup ball scene in Wyoming instead of rehashing this stuff.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ^^ lol Ugh, I’m actually interested

  • mike

    i always thought he was inspired by WORLD BE FREE ….

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