• Ryan Tippett

Ron Artest Has Now Added Another Pseudonym

Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace is now Metta Sandiford-Artest. I’m not even sure what name to attribute his quote to anymore. He made the latest change to his name to honor his wife, Maya Sandiford, which is commendable. Artest originally lit the World ablaze when he changed his name to Metta World Peace back in 2011. His intention was to “inspire and and bring youth together all around the world.”

He also recently admitted to NBA player Danny Green on his show, “Inside the Green Room with Danny Green” that he felt embarrassed early on after changing his name saying, “This is the dumbest thing ever.” Artest also said he contemplated on changing it to “Queensbridge” or “So Hood.”, as if changing your legal name is as expendable as a worn pair of socks. There’s no one in the history of the planet to ever have either changed their name or been rumored to have changed their name. Back in 2014, reports surfaced that Metta had changed his name to “Panda Friend” while playing in China. He denied it but said “I just rode with it!”. Just wild stuff.

I also find it ironic that someone who played a key role in the ugliest brawl in professional sports named themselves World Peace.