*Ron Artest may have changed his name to Metta World Peace, but a new lawsuit filed by the mother of his 13-year-old son is anything but peaceful.
The New York Post reports that Jennifer Palma’s suit, which was filed April 8 in Manhattan Family Court, accuses World Peace of reneging on his promise to pay for Jeron Artest’s $38,355 private-school tuition at Poly Prep Country Day School for the 2014-15 school year. According to court papers, Palma labels the NBA star as nothing more than a deadbeat dad, who “dangles our son’s high-school education in front of me and uses his money to control and manipulate me to the detriment of our son.”
For Jeron, an honors student who possesses his father’s athletic skills, news of not enrolling at Poly Prep would cause him to “devastated,” according to Palma.
Regarding, Jeron’s tuition, Palma’s attorney, Michael Stutman, says the amount shouldn’t be a problem for World Peace, who made $9 million last year. According to the Post, the New York Knicks bought out World Peace’s $3.2 million contract in February.
“He can certainly afford to send our son to private school,” Palma said in the suit.
Court papers detail that Palma wants World Peace to put $140,000 into an escrow account for four years at Poly Prep and another $250,000 for a private college. The former couple, which has joint legal custody of Jeron, is due in court next month.