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Paul Pierce's current saga brings us back to his stabbing 21 years ago



With the news that ESPN and Celtics legend, Paul Pierce, have parted ways, I am reluctantly transported back to perhaps the darkest time in Paul's life and career.

Pierce went live on Friday night in apparent partying mode, surrounded by scantily-clad women. As a long-time fan of The Truth, the scene was tough to watch - but it brought me back to a questionable time in Paul's career.

It was the night of September 25, 2000 when Pierce was attacked and stabbed at a Boston night club. He received eight stab wounds and came close to losing his life. 

At the time, there was little news available on the specifics concerning what led up to the attack, and that continued for years following the incident. There had been suggestions that The Truth was known to party on occasion during his stint with the Boston Celtics, but there was nothing unusual or shocking about the rumors (Per Associated Press' Denise Lavoie after the attackers were sentenced.).

Jeff Twiss a spokesman for the Celtics said the team and Pierce did not plan to make a statement about the sentences.


The other players in this saga, in which Paul barely escaped with his life, were not of the highest level of repute. We are left to only guess at what actually took place - and why.

The three-week trial was marked by recanted testimony and allegations of witness intimidation.

Pierce testified that he was set upon by a group of men after he had a brief conversation with two women including one who was related to both Ragland and Watson.

Before sentencing Ragland who killed a man when he was 14 by shooting indiscriminately into a crowd in Boston insisted he didn’t stab Pierce.

As one who realizes that nothing is quite what it appears to be, I absolutely am hoping this is all a smokescreen, staged for some unknown purpose. But as a veteran police investigator, I am aware that there are few secrets left to a star's behavior in today's world. I wish Paul well - in his career and his future life - and I damn well wish this had never happened.

Addendum (added 11:21 AM ET, April 6, 2021):  

Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile #Truthshallsetufree pic.twitter.com/YIaJMcNQoH

Still hoping this entire episode is a smokescreen for something positive that will be happening, I wonder if the "Big Things" mentioned by The Truth might involve a position with an NBA team - perhaps even the Boston Celtics. Was the entire fiasco merely a ploy and introduction to a major impending  announcement by Paul? Was what we viewed an over-celebration at such a future event? As  Pierce said, "Stay tuned".

 

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