Report: Paul Pierce faces lawsuit for leaving NYC apartment in “shambles”

Paul Pierce spent just one season with the Nets before heading to Washington. (AP)
Paul Pierce spent just one season with the Nets before heading to Washington. (AP)

Almost a year after he’s gone, Paul Pierce has to get his New York house in order. A lawsuit brought forth by his former landlords Anuragini Pandey and Rajeev Tewari seeking $425,000 in damages and back rent alleges that Pierce left his apartment in “shambles” when he left New York & signed a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards, according to the New York Post.

From the report:

The unit’s owners claim the 6-foot-7, 235-pound All-Star ripped out wooden floors and window blinds, broke a glass door, damaged marble countertops and stained the bathroom floors among other wreckage.

The couple left the $3.725 million apartment in “shambles,” replacing wooden floors with pink carpet and removing a stone fireplace hearth and washer and drier, the suit says.

The lease, signed in August 2013, required the tenants to leave the 5,000-square-foot, full-floor loft “in a certain professional condition” instead the famous forward showed “complete disrespect” for the property, according to the filing.

The unit looked like a tornado swept through it when the Pierces vacated in August 2014.
According to court papers the “horrendous condition” also included damaged radiator covers, broken halogen lights, busted kitchen tiling, and a destroyed shower head, towel hanger soap dish, and cabinet door.

Pierce had rented a full-floor loft on the fourteenth floor of the building that had an asking price of $35,000, according to documents from StreetEasy. The apartment featured four bedrooms, a game room, a library, and a maid’s room.

After joining the Brooklyn Nets in the 2013-14 offseason, Paul Pierce signed a two-year lease for $30,000 a month on an apartment in TriBeCa, in the same building Mariah Carey has her penthouse. There were out clauses in Pierce’s contract in the event of trade or free agency, but he never informed the landlords he was leaving, the suit alleges. Pierce left the Nets after one year.

New York Post — Ex-Nets star Paul Pierce left his NYC pad in ‘shambles’: suit