Lakers forward Ron Artest has filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court to change his name to Metta World Peace, TMZ.com reports.
It is likely that, ‘Peace’, would be the name displayed on the back of his Lakers jersey.
Metta World Peace, with “Metta” apparently a word derived from the Buddhist religion and the Sanskrit language meaning “friendliness,” “benevolence” and all manner of other heartwarming descriptions.
It’s the latest move from the kindler, gentler Ron — er, Metta World Peace. In the 6 1/2 years since he charged into the stands in Detroit to confront someone who had thrown a drink at him, Peace has rebuilt his image through his play with three other teams, won a championship in Los Angeles, auctioned off his championship ring to raise money for mental health research and care, all while staying incident free. He tended to clang quite a few jumpers as the Lakers disappointed and fell in the second round of the playoffs last month, but how can you get angry at a guy with “Peace” on the back of his jersey?
The change is up to you, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Give Peace a chance.
(Sorry, you know I had to.)