“Actually, the first game I had with ‘World Peace,’ I was like, ‘This is the dumbest thing ever,'” Sandiford-Artest recalled. “I was coming off the bench at that time, 2011, and they say, ‘Metta World Peace,’ and I remember not wanting to take off my warm-up. … It was embarrassing.”

“I was one of those people that – I loved attention,” Sandiford-Artest explained. “When I see Ochocinco change his name four years before I did mine, I’m like, ‘Yo, that’s dope. I have to do that.’

“Originally, it was going to be ‘Queensbridge’ and then ‘So Hood.’ And then you evolve a little bit, and you’re like, ‘Nah, I’m not going to do that.'”

The name stuck, however; he ended up keeping “World Peace” on the back of his jersey until his retirement from the NBA in 2017.

What a character. 

Want More From Sports Gossip? 

For all the latest breaking Sports Gossip, be sure to follow SportsGossip.com on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.