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Sep162011

Ron Artest Now Legally "Metta World Peace"

ABC/MICHAEL ANSELL(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest has legally changed his name to Metta World Peace. The name change became legal at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 after a delay caused by outstanding parking violations.

The process began late in June when he paid the $395 dollar fee required to file the request. However, it was delayed for several weeks to allow Artest to pay two very overdue traffic violations.

This name change will also come with a new drivers license and passport, but does not affect any other legal or binding agreements made when he was known as Ron Artest, including his multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with the Lakers, or his more recent agreement with the reality show Dancing with the Stars.

Perhaps the most observed change will be on his basketball jersey, which will reflect his name change. It is unclear how Dancing will handle the change.

In case there is any confusion, his first name is Metta, meaning loving-kindness in the Buddhist tradition, and his last name is World Peace.

He said he has considered the name change for years and always wanted World Peace as a last name, but did much research into finding the perfect first name to go alongside it.

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