Close

Wonderwall

L.A. Lakers' Ron Artest Changes Name to Metta World Peace

USMagazine, Friday, June 24, 2011, 8:32am (PDT)
  • Like fellow athletes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chad Ochocino, NBA player Ron Artest is tired of his birth name.

    PHOTOS: Unforgettable sports scandals

    In fact, the 31-year-old L.A. Lakers forward recently filed paperwork to have his name legally changed to Metta World Peace. "It's true, he did," his former publicist Heidi Buech told The Los Angeles Times.

    BLOG: Celebrity names explained

    As of Thursday afternoon, Artest has yet to file paperwork with the NBA to change the name on the back of his jersey. "My understanding is 'Metta' will be his first name and 'World Peace' will be his last," Lakers spokesman John Black said.

    Artest will appear in court August 26 for a name-change hearing, according to court records.

    PHOTOS: Stars who've dated athletes

    The attorney who filed the proposal, Jill Rubin, told the L.A. Times she was handling the change of her client's name "procedurally, as a matter of course." She had no additional information as to why he chose the unusual moniker.

    Get more Us! Follow us on Twitter, Friend us on Facebook, Subscribe to Us Weekly

Show Comments
When using Facebook Connect your image and name may display on Wonderwall. All Privacy Settings are controlled by Facebook
Like us on Facebook?
UP NEXT
Hot Bod!
aa
Thanks for subscribing!