At Long Last, The Dawn Of The Metta World Peace Era Of Humanity Is Here!
Mark the time down in your diaries, kiddos, because just a short while ago, Ron Artest’s attorney, Nahla Rajan, appeared solo before Superior Court Judge Commissioner Matthew C. St. George (now that’s a business card) and at approximately thirty seconds after 9:50 a.m. PST, when Rajan informed the court his client would not be making it to the hearing, in a flash (and perhaps a gavel tap?), Ron Artest was no more. He is officially and legally recognized as Metta World Peace. And if you ask me, the world is a better place for it.
Some brief background on the name choice, in case you haven’t heard (via the Los Angeles Times):
According to World Peace’s publicist, Courtney Barnes, the Lakers forward had been contemplating the switch for years but “it took years of research and soul-searching to find a first name that was both personally meaningful and inspirational.” Metta is a Buddhist term that means loving kindness and friendliness toward others.
Yes, years of research and soul-searching. Pretty much the same way I came up with the internet moniker Weed Against Speed, except for the years of research and soul-searching stuff.
But with that, a new era has arrived in human history. And Metta World Peace will lead us out of the fray, the hate and the bitterness into a much more beautiful existence here on Earth. As soon as he’s done with Dancing With The Stars, of course.
Ladies and gentlemen, Ron Artest becomes Metta World Peace! [Los Angeles Times]