El Reno pastor makes playful jab in Thunder invocation

The Rev. Ronnie Fields, a pastor of an El Reno church, incorporated a double entendre about Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace in his prayer before the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets game on Wednesday.
by Carla Hinton Modified: April 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm •  Published: April 26, 2012

It wasn't a Kevin Durant dunk or Serge Ibaka block, but an El Reno pastor managed to come up with a play of his own that drew quite a bit of attention from the crowd at Wednesday's Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

In his invocation before Wednesday's game, the Rev. Ronnie Fields said: “We pray for world peace and may you carry our soldiers home safely.”

Fields' choice of words put some people in mind of Los Angeles Laker forward Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, who elbowed the Thunder's James Harden in the head during a game on April 22.

Fields, senior pastor of First Christian Church of El Reno, said he intended his words to be a jab, no pun intended, at Metta World Peace.

“Ron Artest has his own set of problems,” Fields said. “He changed his name to World Peace, but he's still Ron Artest underneath.”

While some people may have booed his words, Fields said he did not hear any boos. He said he heard the crowd respond with “oohs” as they showed their surprise by his double entendre. Fields said someone at the game asked him “if I knew what I said.”

Fields, 38, said his words were intentional. He said he thinks it's OK to have some fun at the Thunder games.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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