Ron Artest changing his name — to ‘World Peace’

Los Angeles Lakers player Ron Artest has filed with the L.A. County Superior Court to change his name to “Metta World Peace,” according to TMZ.

The outspoken Artest looks to follow in the footsteps of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, formerly Chad Johnson, all in the name of what he sees as a good cause.

If his petition is cleared by the L.A. court, Artest could conceivably wear “Peace” on the back of his No. 15 Lakers jersey. A spokesperson for the Lakers referred TheDC to the NBA as to what he will wear on his jersey. It is still possible that the court will deny Artest’s petition.

Another Laker, Lew Alcindor, famously changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after converting to Islam.

Other conspicuous name-changes?

A man named Douglas Allen Smith Jr. says he changed his name to Captain Awesome in 2010.

In the early-2000s, Karin Robertson became, Christopher Garnett became, and Brandi Valladolid became, as noted by

And don’t forget the Toy Story fan who changed his name to Buzz Lightyear.

  • Libertarian-Observer

    I know of an Allison who changed her last name to Wonderland.
    Now she is known as Allison Wonderland.

  • fallan

    aaah! the John Lennon of basketball eh!

  • Carl Spackler

    Probably should have gone with, “Kobi Pass!”

  • rbstoker

    Another shoddy article from a lazy writer. The man’s name is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar not Karim. Also, you failed to mention another noteworthy basketball player, World B Free who changed his first name in the 80’s.

  • politicsisdirty

    Yeah right! This comes after he smack Maveric’s Barrera on the peace…I mean face.

  • Iowa48

    Actually, considering Artest’s intellect, I am pretty sure he means
    “Whirled Peas” which is something his mama used to cook for him.