Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, announced that he will soon be changing his name once again- this time to “The Pandas Friend.”
The 34 year-old NBA vet signed a one-year deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, and he broke the news of the name change via Twitter earlier in the week.
In honor of Metta’s newest name change, I took a look back at some of the most preposterous athlete names in history. Here’s what I found:
Glasscock was a shortstop in the Majors from 1879 to 1895, playing without a glove until late in his career.
2. DeWanna Bonner
Bonner currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. Her name is unfortunate.
3. Richie Incognito
Richie is literally the least incognito player in the entire NFL.
4. Usain Bolt
It’s incredible that Usain has lived up to his given name and bolted by all of the competition.
5. Johnny Dickshot
Dickshot played for the Pirates, Giants, and White Sox, and hit seven home runs during his career.
6. Picabo Street
Picabo was surprisingly named after a nearby town, not the game you play with babies.
7. Jadeveon Clowney
Probably the most epic name in sports right now. Try to think of a more intimidating name- you can’t.
8. Barkevious Mingo
Barkevious is not the name of a fictional player in Key & Peele’s East/West College Bowl skit. It’s the name of an actual NFL player who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns 6th overall in the 2013 draft,
9. Steve Sharts.
Any name that it actually a complete sentence is ridiculous. It becomes preposterous when that name/sentence is “Steve Sharts.” Sharts dabbled in the minors for 6 seasons, never breaking into the major leagues. Poor Steve.
10. Captain Munnerlyn
His parents named him “Captain.” That’s his actual name. It’s so preposterous you almost have to respect it.
11. Popeye Jones
It’s funny because his eyes literally pop out of his head. Full disclosure: Popey’s given name was Ronald, but we’re counting this anyway.