Ron Artest of the LA Lakers had filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court to change his name to “Metta World Peace”.
“Metta” is a word derived from the Buddhist religion and the Sanskrit language meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non-violence.
Essentially metta is an altruistic attitude of love and friendliness as distinguished from mere amiability based on self-interest.
This is the same guy who more than 6 years ago initiated the worst brawl in NBA history when he charged to the stands confronting a fan who he thought threw a cup of Diet Coke from him. [watch YouTube video]
In this year’s NBA Playoffs, he clotheslined J.J. Barea in Game 2 of the Lakers vs Dallas second round series.
Apparently, he has already undergone a change of heart and now wants to promote world peace. And it starts with him changing his name.
This is actually not shocking given Artest’ sometimes eccentric behavior.
After signing with the LA Lakers in 209, he chose the number 37 jersey, which he said was in honor of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album which was #1 on the charts for 37 straight weeks.
Last year, he auctioned off his LA Lakers 2009-10 championship ring and donated the proceeds to various mental health charities nationwide.