ESPN Fires Paul Pierce Over Instagram Live Video
On Monday, ESPN fired former NBA star and current NBA analyst Paul Pierce after an Instagram Live video surfaced on Friday night that showed women who may have been exotic dancers. There was also apparent marijuana smoking, according to The Associated Press. The news was first reported by Barett Sports Media.
ESPN declined to comment on the reports, but a source familiar with the situation confirmed that Pierce and the network had “parted ways.” Following this news, Pierce, also known as “The Truth,” tweeted about his prospects but did not mention the video or the firing.
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) April 5, 2021
“Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile #Truthshallsetufree,” read Pierce’s tweet.
Most notably, Pierce was a 10-time All-Star and was the MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals with the Celtics. He played 19 seasons in the NBA. He has worked for ESPN since 2017 and appeared on shows including NBA Countdown and The Jump. Before being hired, Pierce appeared as a guest on the network before being hired to help cover the NBA finals.
It is unclear if anyone will replace Pierce on ESPN’s NBA programming or if the network will rotate other personalities to fill his role.