Many people, including author and philosopher Ilchi Lee, believe very strongly in world peace, but one NBA player is will soon be wearing his desire for peace and harmony on his sleeve, or more precisely, his back.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest recently filed paper work to legally change his name to Metta World Peace.
According to the news source, Metta is a Buddhist term which has been taken to mean “a strong desire for the welfare and happiness of others.” It is not known whether or not he will wear his new last name, World Peace, on the back of his jersey.
Artest is considered one of the principle instigators of the 2004 brawl that took place between fans at the Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit and a group of Indiana Pacers players. He is also known for lesser incidents, including pulling down the pants of Boston Celtic’s forward Paul Pierce during a 2007 game.
However, the decision to change his name to show his commitment to peace may indicate that he is turning things around. Ilchi Lee applauds such moves, saying that in order to create a more peaceful world, everyone needs to make a lifelong commitment to peace.