Todd’s Nod’s: Metta World Peace
The nickname is a time-honoured tradition in sports.
From the NBA’s “Iceman” George Gervin to the NHL’s Mark “Moose” Messier, we as a sports society love giving our heroes a fitting moniker.
However, what if a player decides to give himself his own nickname? In fact, what if he decides that nickname should legally be his actual name?
This is exactly what the NBA player formerly known as Ron Artest decided to do prior to the recent start of the lockout-shortened NBA season.
He had his name legally changed to “Metta World Peace.” Metta being his first name and World Peace being his last.
World Peace told ESPN that his name-change was “meant to inspire and bring youth together around the world.”
World Peace was previously involved with the “Malice at the Palace,” a famous brawl involving fans. He’s also admitted to drinking Cognac-whiskey during basketball games early in his career.
The name change comes as World Peace is attempting to turn his life around and thus ending a previously wild lifestyle, as he told ESPN.
Let peace reign.
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