On and off the court, Metta Sandiford-Artest, formerly Ron Artest and Metta World Peace, is outspoken and, arguably, a little bit charming at times. He is also fond of talking to the media and is passionate about creating awareness for whatever he is up to.
With all that in mind, the idea of finding more success in terms of media mileage by going to Hollywood was brought up by Sandiford-Artest during a rare interview.
As expected, the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year gave another sensible, or should we say epic, response when asked why he did not consider giving Hollywood a shot.
According to Sandiford-Artest, it’s true that he can kick things up a notch by going Hollywood, but he’s just the type of person who likes to appreciate the ordinary things in life and be “regular” person.
“I think I just enjoy people, I enjoy the earth, and I enjoy the air, the water, the grass, trees, the animals you know, the people," Sandiford-Artest explained. "And I think, with that being said I don’t feel above any person… I feel we are all equal on this earth and I just try to walk like that every day. At the same time, I still like to have fun so you know I go to the club I don’t know man I’m a regular person but at the same time you know I have different views on life.”
Hearing Sandiford-Artest speak words of humility isn’t something he’s known for, especially during his playing years in the league. But, as most NBA fans know, the name Metta and Ron Artest earned quite a reputation for taunting people and pulling off bizarre antics on and off the court.
So when he says things, like he was once Michael Jordan’s favorite player and LeBron James was happy he left the Eastern Conference, it rubs people the wrong way.
“I said that on TV one time, and Charles Barkley was like, 'Michael Jordan didn't say that about you. Michael Jordan's gonna say you're his favorite player?' The motherf***er said it, man… Right before I got traded from Indiana, LeBron James said, 'I'm happy Ron Artest left the east.' You can't put that on the trophy… Charles Barkley said, 'Man why would LeBron say that?,” Sandiford-Artest said.
Indeed, it’s hard to describe what kind of person Metta Sandiford-Artest is. But at the end of the day, despite his reputation, Sandiford-Artest is still a human being entitled to say and do what he wants.