The Celtics yesterday said that NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Paul Pierce would not comment on the early Sunday morning incident during which he was stopped in Las Vegas for "erratic driving." The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported that Pierce had been handcuffed after making an illegal lane change in front of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.
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.
Pierce then left his car at valet parking and hired a taxi.
Neither Pierce's agent, Jeff Schwartz, nor Las Vegas police returned phone calls yesterday.
Just seems like an odd scene all around. Glad he passed the tests and wasn't legally intoxicated, but I'm not sure why he would be uncooperative. Life sometimes has odd ways of humbling each of us when we're sitting on top of the world. Sounds like Pierce needed handcuffs to do it.
Update: Kevin Henkin adds this incident to a list of less than happy offseason moments for Paul Pierce.