So it’s 2:52 in the morning Vegas time on Friday morning and I was heading back to my room at the Wynn in Las Vegas. I’ve seen dozens of superstar athletes gambling over the years in Vegas from Dennis Rodman to Sammy Sosa to Joe Pesci to the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 when they were still a big deal. As a matter of fact, I saw Amare Stoudemire earlier tonight. Not sure he’s really 6’10”, I forgot my ruler. Anyway, sometimes I talk to the guys and sometimes I don’t. Actually did a shot with Rodman when he was still with the Spurs and was only semi-crazy. Yes, I’m showing my age.
So I’m heading back to my room and I see Paul Pierce playing craps. Obviously, he wasn’t part of the contingency romancing Rasheed Wallace to the Celtics on Thursday or most likely on Friday. I’m in a semi-Red Bull and Vodka daze, but not enough that I don’t have my bearings or really need to worry about spelling words incorrectly. I watch him play craps for a few minutes and when a lull in the action occurs, I say “I thought you were supposed to be wooing Sheed”. The Truth didn’t take too kindly to my statement. He then says, “Oh man, can’t I get any privacy! Shouldn’t you be looking for girls.” I then tell him I’m married and Pierce then says to me “Then why are you in Vegas?” My response is I’m here on business working with Doyle Brunson for the WSOP Main Event. He loses his roll of the dice and slams his hand down on the craps table as hard as he can. I’m not sure if I should feel guilty, not give a crap, or run as fast as I can.
I decide to stay for another minute. He mutters some more stuff under his breath and then offers to buy shots for me since I’m not chasing women. I politely decline and head back up to my room as I have a 7:15 am wake up call.
I’m new to this whole blog business and wasn’t sure if I should write this post or not. After waffling for the the three minutes from the craps table to my room I decided to write about my experience. I guess it’s newsworthy since there was talk of him meeting with Rasheed Wallace to try to sway his decision towards the Celtics. Plus I want this site to include my experiences in the past and present with athletes.
Thankfully, I’ve never been starstruck by athletes, but I definitely have a general curiosity. It’s not like I interrupted him in the middle of dinner. He was playing craps. There was an opening so I had to ask him. Truthfully, I’m curious what people think about this. Did I step over the line? Did Pierce have a right to react the way he did or does that come with the territory of being famous? Let me know what you think. Hit me back at firstname.lastname@example.org.