Ron Artest Name Change to Metta World Peace?

Ron Artest has changed his name today to Metta World Peace.
He requested the change back in June, citing only personal reasons but he never said why.
Ron Artest has become a recent proponent of mental health legislation and will appear on this season of Dancing with the Stars.
Does anyone know why Ron Artest decided to change his name to Metta World Peace? Don't you think his new name is a bit ridiculous?

asked by Clay in Other - Sports | 1839 views | 09-17-2011 at 06:35 PM

Ron Artest converted to Buddhism so that's why he's changing his name to Metta World Peace.
The word Metta is derived from the Buddhist religion and the Sanskrit language meaning friendliness, benevolence.
The idea to change it actually began three years ago. A name change that was first supposed to be One Love but then he thought it was too cheesy and wanted a more powerful one, then he thought about Metta World Peace.
Some said seeing the name World Peace on Ron Artest's back would be ironic given that he is known for thrashing fans.
Ron Artest also said he's not forcing people to call him by his new name and that his teammates can call him anything.

answered by Tracy | 09-17-2011 at 06:36 PM

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