Lamar Jackson hilariously denies that he “pulled a Paul Pierce” when talking about leaving the game against the Cleveland Browns.
Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce is known and revered among Celtics fans for many instances. Everything from his game winners to his loyalty to the franchise, and of course, for clinching the 2008 NBA title, was what made Pierce’s time in Boston special.
The 2007 Boston Celtics were one of the most mediocre teams in the league. However, that offseason brought sharpshooter Ray Allen and defensive specialist Kevin Garnett to the C’s.
The Celtics immediately rose to title contention, and they made good on their promise to bring home a chip. The Lakers vs. Celtics matchup in 2008 had several memorable moments. Who can forget Garnett’s “Anything is possible!”?
One particular moment however, is one that will, unfortunately for Pierce, live on in the annals of NBA meme history.
Lamar Jackson references Paul Pierce’s bathroom mishap in his postgame interview.
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson left the game versus the Cleveland Browns in the second half due to reasons that were later disclosed as being cramps.
However, to everyone’s astonishment, Jackson made a return to play with barely any time left on the clock and actually had a passing touchdown for the Ravens. This was also the game winning touchdown, and resulted in a crucial win for the Ravens.
In his postgame presser, reporters were inquisitive about the 2019 MVP’s late game disappearance. When asked about it, Lamar said, “I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce. I was cramping.”
Game of the year, followed by the quote of the year from Lamar Jackson.
“I didn’t pull a Paul Pierce”pic.twitter.com/m4F7OFVzvh
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) December 15, 2020
This is of course in reference to Paul Pierce leaving the floor in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in a wheelchair, due to a shoulder injury he sustained during play.
However, nearly 10 years later, Pierce admits that he did indeed leave the floor that game because he desperately needed to use the bathroom.
Lamar claims that he was just cramping but footage from the tunnel shows that he was rushing into a restroom.
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) December 15, 2020