Two retired athletes are participating in the first-ever Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. They are UFC champ Chuck Liddell and NBA champ Metta World Peace. Metta World Peace was born Ronald William Artest, Jr. in Queens, New York in 1979. He later starred for St. John’s University in his home borough. After winning an NBA championship in 2010 with the Los Angeles Lakers, Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in September 2011. (Metta is his first name; World Peace is his surname — in case you were confused.)
In 2014, when preparing to play his first season in China (where he was the highest paid basketball player), Metta World Peace announced his decision to change his name to “The Panda’s Friend.” He’s selling those Panda’s Friend t-shirts online for $35.50 — and the hats are available at Amazon for under $10 (see links above). They t-shirts are available in black, white, and blue. The snapback hat goes for $28. Coming soon: The Panda’s Friends $90 Hoodies and $70 sweatpants.Here’s the Panda’s Friend twitter account. Big Brother Celebrity Edition debuts with a three-night premiere beginning Wednesday, February 7, at 8pm on CBS. A two-hour live eviction show will air Friday, February 9 at 8pm.