08 August 2014

World Peace's New Name

Ron Artest
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things "are".

Well, this appears to be the basic mantra the 15-year NBA veteran formerly known as Ron Artest. After legally changing his name to "Metta World Peace," the 34-year old forward who recently signed a one-year deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, was reported to seriously consider changing his name again.

What he wants to be called now? World Peace wants to be known as "Pandas Friend." It's unknown whether or not the new change will be legally binding. He earlier expressed his interest in this new alias and the cuddly bear native to south central China in the days leading up to the report.

World Peace gained a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders as he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004. He was a participant in several controversial on-court incidents, most notably the Pacers–Pistons brawl, and is known for his sometimes eccentric and outspoken behavior.

He is also involved in advocacy relating to mental health issues. For instance, in December 2010, he announced that he would donate some or all of his salary as a Los Angeles Laker for the 2011–12 NBA season toward mental health awareness charities. Artest also auctioned off his 2009–10 championship ring and donated the proceeds to various mental health charities nationwide.

He has posed for PETA ad campaigns encouraging people to report animal abuse and to have their pets fixed.

No comments:

Post a Comment