Who is Ron Artest AKA Metta Sandiford-Artest's wife?

Joshua Rogers August 11, 2021
Who is Ron Artest AKA Metta Sandiford-Artest's wife?
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Ron Artest AKA Metta Sandiford-Artest is in Netflix’s new Untold series. The former basketball star has had a tumultuous career, but is now enjoying life away from the NBA. Meet Ron Artest’s wife Maya Sandiford.

Artest starring in new Netflix series Untold

Sandiford-Artest is part of Untold – a new Netflix sports documentary.

The five-part series goes in-depth on some of the sports world’s most dramatic stories.

UNTOLD Vol. 1 | Official Trailer | Netflix

UNTOLD Vol. 1 | Official Trailer | Netflix

The first episode, Untold: Malice At The Palace, aired on 10 August and tells the story of the infamous fight between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons’ fans on 19 November 2004.

Artest was suspended for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games.

He missed 86 games in total, the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.

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Sandiford-Artest’s family history

Artest’s first wife is Kimsha Hatfield, who he married in June 2003.

The two have three children together: Sadie, born in 1997, and Ron III and Diamond.

They divorced in 2009.

Sandiford-Artest has another son, high-school basketball player Jeron, with his former high-school girlfriend Jennifer Palma.

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Who is Ron Artest’s wife now?

Ron Artest AKA Metta Sandiford-Artest’s current wife is Maya Sandiford.

Maya is a Korean-Canadian model but not much is known about her.

It’s believed she is in her 30s.

The couple keep their lives private but they began dating in 2012.

Maya Sandiford is on Instagram @mayaford.

Maya is responsible for Artest’s most recent name change

Ron Artest is a pretty well-known name-changer.

He was known as Ron Artest before legally changing his name to Metta World Peace in 2011.

In May 2020, World Peace announced thathe had changed his name once again to Metta Sandiford-Artest, combining his last name with that of his wife, Maya Sandiford.

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Artest explained he changed it again after marrying Maya Sandiford.

He told Danny Green on his show Inside The Green Room With Danny Green: “The first game that I had with World Peace, I was like, ‘This is the dumbest thing ever.’

“I was coming off of the bench at that time, in 2011, and they say, ‘Metta World Peace!’

“And I remember not wanting to take off my warm-up. It was embarrassing. So I did think about changing my name back, but then I got used, people got used, to it.

“But right now, it’s funny because I got married, and my name now is Metta Sandiford-Artest. I actually took my wife’s last name.”

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.