You remember the reasons Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace? If you don’t, let me give you the reasons from Peace himself.
Metta is a Buddhist term that means loving kindness and friendliness toward others.
“Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world,” World Peace said in a statement. “I’m glad that it is now official.”
Pretty noble coming from someone with a history of temper issues on the court. You all know what happened at the Palace of Auburn Hills years ago when Peace wore a Pacers uniform.
So now what does someone, who changed his name to Peace which is meant to inspire, and evoke loving kindness and friendliness towards others say publicly? Oh you know, challenge anyone to physical violence.
Check out what Mr. Peace had to say (via sheridanhoops.com) on this Twitter account recently.
@MettaWorldPeaceMetta World Peace
I will challenge anyone heavyweight over 240 to a boxing fight. Not UFC. Boxing in the ring!! Artestamg@gmail.com Come get your face ko’d!
“Come get your face ko’d!” Nice Metta. This is sure to make all those peaceful Buddhist do the perverbialface-palm knowing you are forwarding their cause of non-violence in a violent way.
Seriously Ron. We see past this antic of the name change because you are still that volatile person we all know. Once the season gets going, chances are high (like every season you played in the NBA) you will snap. Then what are you going to say?
Take a memo Metta, saying “Come get your face ko’d!” is not the inspirational message you want to send to the youth. And I doubt violence will bring them together.