Metta World Peace Unveils Jersey

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is a very serious person. There was the brawl he started as a member of the Indiana Pacers — you know, the one where he jumped into the stands and started beating up fans. There are the basketball-related rap singles he’s released over the years. There is his endearing commitment to promoting mental health, no small token from a professional athlete.

There also is the fact that he used to be named Ron Artest. During the NBA offseason, Artest revealed he was changing his name to Metta World Peace. Why? Why not? Today, Metta revealed his new jersey — Lakers yellow and purple, yes, but with the key "World Peace" on the back, not just "Peace." This isn’t your typical level of athlete randomness, like sleeping in hyperbaric oxygen chambers; this is full out Harlem Globetrotter goofiness, the type of stuff that harkens back to the 1970s, when players were named World B. Free and downed cocaine like it was Gatorade.

I predict that Metta’s new jersey will become one of the NBA’s top-sellers, and that it will show up in every rap video from now until 2000-forever, and that every cutting edge cool guy you know will have one hanging in his closet by Christmastime. Because, seriously, look at it. Metta World Peace. Metta World Peace! That is the sports equivalent of Gucci Mane’s ice cream cone tattoo.

Below, watch a video of World Peace getting interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, in which he explains the name change. (His daughter’s name is Diamond so she’ll now be Diamond World Peace and guys I can’t even)

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