LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Lakers forward Ron Artest is now “Metta World Peace” after he appeared before a judge Friday to officially change his name.

Artest filed a petition with the Los Angeles Superior Court to change his name back in June, but the process was delayed until several traffic violations were paid.

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

Artest’s young daughter, Diamond, will also take “World Peace” as her last name.

“Metta” is defined as “lovingkindness” or “the Buddhist virtue of kindness.”

Lakers PA announcer with the “Metta World Peace” Call:

Ironically, Artest was arrested in 2005 along with two other Indiana Pacers players for their roles in one of the worst brawls in sports history.

The brawl began when Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace pushed Artest after a foul. After the players were separated, Artest and several other players went after a fan who he had apparently thrown a drink on him.

Artest joined the Lakers in 2009 after stints with the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, and Rockets. In 2004, he was crowned NBA Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-Star game when he played for the Pacers. In 2010, he won his first championship with the Lakers.

Comments (7)
  1. Tim Salanski says:

    what a waste, he has to much time and money on his hands.
    Nothing but a overpaid thug. This is not news, just stupid junk.

  2. Lloyd says:

    I agree with you Tim, these stupid lakers think
    everything they do is so very important.
    I could care less what goes on with these
    individuals They all need a pay cut, they make a lot of money
    to dribble a ball down a court, and get a bunch of stupid tattoos.
    Let talk about everyday people who try and make a difference in
    the world.

  3. Jeff says:

    Hey Ron, get over yourself. Nobody (but you) cares about your name and the idiotic message that you are trying to send. You want world peace? Why don’t you set an example by not being such a violent thug?

  4. Edgar Alvarado says:

    Is this guy going Rodman on us? Artest, buddy, you athletes are nothing but prized horses. Train hard, do your best to entertain me and then go home. Don’t start hurting folks, wearing dresses and changing your name to something weird… just play with the ball. Play with d ball.

  5. Tazed and Confused says:

    Wow, you people are sad. If you’re truly not interested, why did you even bother to read the story, and then take the time to post a reply? YOU obviously have too much time on your hands. And why do you care how much they make? Don’t watch, don’t go to the games, and don’t buy the merch, that way it has ZERO impact on you. Oh wait, then you can’t get on your soap box and tell these guys what a waste they are. And Lloyd, talking about everyday people isn’t exactly an interesting read now, is it?

  6. AG says:

    Hey, this article is really messed up with that “Ironically” line. Yes, he was involved in a fight, but that is what caused him to change his ways and embrace peace – a point the writer conveniently left out. Not cool.

  7. Tempus Nunc says:

    Sounds like a name you would give a corporation.

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