LA Lakers star Ron Artest is no longer. The basketball star, who is competing in this season's Dancing with the Stars, has officially changed his name to Metta World Peace.
The 6-foot-7 basketball star had a spiritual reason for wanting to change his name. "Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world," he said in a statement. "I'm glad that it is now official."
The Buddhist term Metta means "loving kindness and friendliness towards other."
"It took many years of research and soul-searching to find a first name that was both personally meaningful and inspirational," said World Peace's publicist, Courtney Barnes.
Fans of the basketball star can now buy jerseys with World Peace written on the back.
Artest…er, World Peace, had tried to change his name last month, but was unable to because he had an outstanding traffic ticket. That was taken care of and the Los Angeles Superior Court approved his name in a hearing that took only about 30 seconds.
World Peace's 8-year-old daughter, Diamond, is planning on starting the process to change her last name from Artest to World Peace. His daughter successfully beat kidney cancer when she was 4-years-old.
Barnes said World Peace plans on discussing more about his name change on the Monday premiere of Dancing with the Stars on ABC.
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