Although he apparently confessed to the crime a few years ago, the former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce once again denies the infamous wheelchair story of the 2008 NBA Finals.
This time, at least in his mind, he has the logic to back it up and crush the rumors once and for all.
Pierce insisted in an interview with Michelle Beadle of The Athletic on Friday that he didn’t poop in the first game of the 2008 Finals, as legend has it. If he did, Pierce wondered, why would he take a wheelchair out of the arena?
âI can’t believe people believeâ¦ so listen to this, I want fans to hear this,â Pierce said, via athletics. “If you poop in your pants, does it make sense to sit down and push him in a wheelchair?” No, I would go right back to the bathroom. Why would I need a wheelchair if I was pooping in my pants? You don’t sit on your poo, do you? “
Normally, Pierce’s logic would be infallible. A wheelchair exit, however, would be a fairly safe way out of the field and away from the national television cameras pointed at him without getting caught.
His new excuse might not be as strong as he thinks it is – and Beadle asked him about it specifically.
“I never pooped in my pants after 3 years,” he replied, via athletics. “Now maybe on the side of the road, but not my pants.”
Pierce, of course, said he heard a snap in his knee after defending a Kobe bryant jumped in the first game of the 2008 final, and fell on the field in pain. He had to be carried in a wheelchair and then rolled to the locker room.
He then quickly returned to the game a few minutes later.
Then, 11 years later, while covering the finale on ESPN, he seemed to confess to getting dirty during this match.
âI have a confession to make,â he said. “I just had to go to the bathroom … Something happened, I had to use a wheelchair.”
Only a few hours later, however, he returned on foot.
At this point, who knows what to believe.
This story, even almost 15 years later, still follows the Hall of Famer very closely.