Ron Artest Officially Changes Name to Metta World Peace

| by Off The Record

Jesus H. Christ this is ridiculous. We are not huge fans of famous people changing their names and…wasn’t this already done once with World B. Free?

Los Angeles Lakers’ firebrand Ron Artest has been trying to change his name to Metta World Peace for a little while now, but had to hold off until he could clear up some unpaid parking tickets. But now, it’s official.

“Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world,” World Peace said in a statement. “After this short delay, my tickets have been paid and I’m glad that it is now official.”

The name Metta refers to “the philosophy and practice of universal love.” The kind that is usually practiced in the stands of an out-of-hand basketball game in the form of fan beatdowns? That kind?

Now, will anyone remember to call him this or will they just keep calling him Ron Artest? We truly feel bad for basketball announcers that have say stuff like, “World Peace for three!” and “World Peace misses on both and the Lakers are still down two.” They technically have to call him that, but we all know it sounds absolutely ridiculous.

Fortunately for them, there won’t be any chances to call him by his new name for quite some time as the NBA isn’t looking like it’s going to have basketball any time soon. But, we can watch the “Dancing with the Stars” hosts this season give it a try!