Paul Pierce sued for massive unpaid gambling debt

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Paul Pierce has been enjoying various adventures since his retirement from the NBA. His latest one appears to have him in a big financial hole.

Paul Pierce officially retired at the end of the 2016-17 NBA season, bringing a future Hall-of-Fame career to a close. Pierce almost immediately joined ESPN as a studio analyst and spent the next few years on The Jump and NBA Countdown, feeding the hot take machine.

Pierce was then fired by ESPN in 2021 after an Instagram Live video showed him partying with exotic dancers. He didn’t seem to sweat the separation, tweeting that “big things were coming” and that “I can’t lose even when I lose I’m winning.”

He may have believed in that at the time but he found a way to lose while losing.

Paul Pierce is reportedly being sued for a massive unpaid gambling debt

According to TMZ, Pierce is being sued for borrowing a huge sum of money to participate in a private poker game, losing big and then neglecting to pay back the loan:

"Stephen Carmona says he was hosting a poker game at his home on Jan. 27, when Pierce showed up and asked Carmona to lend him some money so he could play. Carmona claims he gave Pierce $150,000, and alleges the former Boston Celtics great — who reportedly made over $195 million in his playing career — promised to pay him back within seven days."

Pierce reportedly paid back just $10,000 and but then borrowed $40,000 from Carmona for another game, which he also lost and hasn’t paid back. Pierce is also facing litigation over a failed marijuana-growing operation.

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