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.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: Mother, Daughters Working At San Bernardino Taco Stand Attacked
The hearing was originally scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in downtown LA.READ MORE: Nationwide Teacher Shortage Expected To Stretch Into Fall: 'The Pandemic Was Certainly Perhaps The Last Straw'
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.MORE NEWS: Registered Sex Offender Moises Munoz Arrested On Suspicion Of Taking Photos Of Girl, Mother In Fontana Store
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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