Does it sound crazy to you that some people decide to legally change their name? In my country that is no such thing but in the U.S. that is a possibility and if that person who has decided to change his name is Ron Artest it really doesn’t sound so crazy after all even if the new name he chose is Metta World Peace. Keep reading to know more about this story.
The very first time I heard that you could legally change your name was in the television sitcom Friends, in that specific episode Lisa Kudrow, who portrayed Phoebe, changed her name to Princess Banana Hammock, her husband Mike played by Paul Rudd was not happy so to get her upset and make her change it back to her original name he changed his to crap bag, she sued to change it back. In some countries a person can change their names but slightly like for example when you get married and take your hubby’s name in Latin America besides taking your spouse’s name you add “de”. Sounds silly to me but I had no choice, LOL!!!
In the U.S. and I guess also in other countries around the globe you can take your whole name to whatever crosses your mind, Los Angeles Lakers player Ron Artest has decided to change his name legally. Ron was named Ronald William Artest, Jr by his parents 31 years ago. For 12 years since he first arrived in the NBA when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1999 we have known him as Ron Artest, the basketball player, singer and there were times when he would get in trouble and became NBA’s bad boy.
Ron had his attorney file a petition in L.A to change his name to Metta World Peace, the reason? He only said he had personal reasons for doing that, I guess he is free to do that if he wants to I mean he is not the first celebrity in sports to do so, look at Chris Jericho, Dominic Davis, former NFL player with the Houston Texans changed his name to Dominic Williams, Chad Ochocinco used to be Chad Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar used to be Sharmon Shah, Muhammad Ali used to be Ali Cassius Clay, Chipper Jones changed his original name from Larry Jones, Brazilian soccer Icon Pele was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, and you want to hear crazy how about Cool Papa Bell, the name MLB player James Bell chose and certainly the most famous was the name George Herman Ruth changed to – Babe Ruth.
So you see Ron Artest is just following the path of historic athletes and current sports stars. I guess Metta World Peace doesn’t sound so bad now, I wonder if his wife will change hers, Kimsha Artest is the name we know her for, Kimsha World Peace sounds great to me, like a Rock Star!!
Have a look at what Los Angeles Lakers Manager Mitch Kupchak had to say about Ron Artest changing his name to Metta World Peace in the video provided below.
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