LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Ron Artest’s bid to become Metta World Peace has been delayed.

A Los Angeles court commissioner delayed ruling on a name change petition by the Lakers forward until Sept. 16, citing the Lakers star’s outstanding traffic warrants as the reason for the delay. Artest said he was unaware of the tickets and has requested copies.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in downtown LA.

Metta, a Buddhist word, is the philosophy and practice of universal love.

Artest, 31, has said he wants to change his name to “bring more awareness toward world peace and mental health issues,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Artest has suffered from mental health issues in the past and has been an advocate for the federal Mental Health in Schools Act. The Lakers star also auctioned off his 2010 NBA Championship ring and donated the proceeds to his mental health charity, Xcel University, and others.

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Comments (6)
  1. Arod says:

    what a moron….like anyone will know what his name means…or care

  2. Hollywood Reporter says:

    Guess he is ashamed of this mother and father and family name, run run run Ron.

  3. TT says:

    Ron – one of my favorite Lakers : Be proud of where you came from – never forget where you have been and how you got there ….. It was because of the people that brought you into this world – that you are the person you are today…
    Your name is who you are ….So your parents can stand back and be proud of the you they created… think about that before you change your name…..

  4. Reality Check says:

    Forget the name Bull sh.. how can you have millions of dollars and have traffic warrants? if it were you or i it would be do not collect $200.00 dollars go to jail give me a fuc… break! pay your’e tickets or get the lamborghini towed.

  5. Dennis Rodman says:

    stupid n3gro!

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