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Lakers booster pokes fun at Paul Pierce for being stabbed

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Thumbnail image for pierce.jpgEven before a game of the NBA Finals has been played, it's getting ugly. The LA Times yesterday pulled from its web site a disgraceful passage in an obnoxious column by Ted Green. The piece, titled "Your Guide to Hating the Celtics," included this gem: "(Paul) Pierce's idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times!" Apparently, someone with sense found the reference to Pierce's 2000 stabbing offensive because by midday yesterday, the line had been removed, with this note: "[For the record: An earlier version of this post contained an inappropriate comment about Pierce relating to an incident in 2000 in which he was stabbed repeatedly. That comment should not have been published and has been removed.]" Green, an occasional contributor to the Times, is a senior sports producer at Los Angeles TV station KTLA. He apologized, sort of, in an interview on WEEI. "That one was something I probably should apologize for. That one was not only too close to the line, but maybe over," Green said. "The truth is I think Paul Pierce is a very, very good player. A Hall of Fame caliber player. I probably shouldn't have gone to the stabbing card." Stay classy, LA.

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