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Suspension of World Peace Not Long Enough

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Leave it to Ron Artest to give World Peace a bad name.

From the moment the Lakers forward announced he wanted to be known as Metta World Peace, it seemed inevitable we’d be reading a headline something like today’s WORLD PEACE SUSPENDED.

I just hope the sports-apathetic weren’t too shocked by the news, wondering when it had been declared in the first place and being sorry they’d missed it.

For the record, I’m glad we live in a time when an athlete’s name change is calmly accepted, treated no differently than a rock star’s or actor’s. Muhammad Ali established that principle in the 1960s, in the face of old-guard writers and officials who kept calling him “Cassius Clay” and thought he was uppity.

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