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New Name, Same Guy

May 16, 2012 - Al Stephenson
It always amuses me when I see a person legally change their name. Some do it for religious reasons. They take a name that is more fitting for their faith. That's OK by me. Others change their name to honor someone. Again I have no problem with that. I can understand if someone wants to get rid of a moniker that no one should be saddled with. If Mr. and Mrs. Hood name their child Robin - well, I might change that one too.

It's the people that seem to need a new identity that I find interesting if not plain laughable. People who have had difficulty being a good person seem to think a name change might benefit them. I give you as exhibit A one Metta World Peace.

Mr. Peace used to go by the much simpler name of Ron Artest. A good defender who has had a productive NBA career, Peace also will be forever known as the most suspended player in league history. He always seemed to be in trouble for some thing or another. No one is likely ever to forget the brawl in the stands at The Palace in Auburn Hills. I still shudder to think about Ron Artest going into the stands after a fan.

So last year Ron Artest decided to legally change his name. Reminding me of Chad Ochocinco and World B. Free, Artest decided to become one Metta World Peace. Perhaps he was looking to change his bad boy image. If that was what he was seeking then he failed miserably.

After a nice move and layup, Peace started down the floor only to throw a vicious elbow to the head of Oklahoma City's James Harden. Peace was ejected and given a seven game suspension. Harden suffered a concussion that could have been a lot worse. World Peace suggested that he was celebrating his layup and Harden just happened to be in the way. Yeah right. Most people celebrate a great athletic play by swinging their elbow as hard as they can. Give me a break Metta!

The view from my seat suggests that the name may be new, but the man is the same. In this case that's not a good thing.


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