Ron Artest elbows Harden! Check out the video here. What do you think about Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) elbowing James Harden? Did Ron Artest hit Harden with the hard elbow initially or by accident?
In fact, the 31-year-old L.A. Lakers forward recently filed paperwork to have his name legally changed to Metta World Peace. “It’s true, he did,” his former publicist Heidi Buech told The Los Angeles Times.
As of Thursday afternoon, Artest has yet to file paperwork with the NBA to change the name on the back of his jersey. “My understanding is ‘Metta’ will be his first name and ‘World Peace’ will be his last,” Lakers spokesman John Black said.
Artest will appear in court August 26 for a name-change hearing, according to court records.
The attorney who filed the proposal, Jill Rubin, told the L.A. Times she was handling the change of her client’s name “procedurally, as a matter of course.” She had no additional information as to why he chose the unusual moniker.
Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for swinging his arm and striking the face of the Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Artest’s contact has also been classified by the NBA as a Flagrant Foul Two.
The incident occurred with 24.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks’ 93-81 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center on May 4. (NBA)
The LA Lakers are down 0-2. The Mavs beat the Lakers 93-81 in Game 2.