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People change the names they were given at birth because they’ve gotten married or gotten divorced, because they’ve changed religions, or because their name is difficult to pronounce.
And some people change it just because.
Ron Artest announced this week that he’s changing his name to “Metta,” which means peace or happiness in Pali, a language of the Indian subcontinent.
Artest has filed a petition in L.A. County Superior Court to change his name and wants the new name on the back of his L.A. Lakers’ jersey.