What Exactly Happened With Paul Pierce in Vegas?

by August 05, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

Yesterday, I posted a small blind item about Paul Pierce taking (and passing!) three field sobriety tests in Las Vegas. The story also claimed that Pierce, bizarrely, decided to leave his car with a valet and took a cab home. Well, it turns out that things were a little more complicated than that.

The League’s reigning Finals MVP apparently had cops put the cuffs on him, because he was “agitated”. The Boston media waited until the official police report came out to speak on this, and here’s what they had to say.

Pierce, driving a white BMW, was pulled over at about 3 a.m. Sunday. Pierce passed the field sobriety test, and a Breathalyzer determined that his blood alcohol content was below the .08 legal intoxication limit in Nevada.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Pierce was initially “uncooperative” after being stopped but calmed down after being handcuffed. The cuffs were removed after about 15 minutes, and Pierce was not cited for a traffic violation.

This Las Vegas Review-Journal piece – written by a man wearing an eye patch – has a few more of the details from Pierce’s time out in Sin City:

During their two-hour dinner, the female companion of Pierce’s buddy tossed a shrimp at the 6-foot-7 former Kansas star. Pierce’s galpal scolded her, saying, “What’s wrong with you? Little girls do that.”

No wonder he was “agitated”. Wouldn’t you – the world’s greatest basketball player – be if someone dared to toss shrimp at you?