Over this past weekend, former Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce quickly found himself at the center of controversy. Pierce chose to broadcast himself on social media in a highly questionable situation involving possible strippers and alcohol. ESPN has quickly decided to part ways with him, to which he has responded with a cryptic message.
Paul Pierce posts controversial Instagram Live involving strippers
Over this past weekend, Paul Pierce became the focal point of much scrutiny due to a controversial Instagram live stream.
Pierce chose to broadcast a video of himself playing poker in a room full of half-naked strippers on Friday night. The footage also featured him smoking weed and taking shots with the women while they danced inappropriately.
His Instagram Live took a discouraging turn after someone commented, “Where Rachel Nichols at?” It’s those types of remarks that further underline the negative light that has come with Pierce’s questionable actions.
All that quickly shifted over to ESPN making a swift decision concerning his future with the company.
Paul Pierce sends disturbing cryptic message following his firing from ESPN
Paul Pierce’s Easter weekend controversy certainly didn’t shine ESPN in the greatest of lights.
According to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy, the company chose to part ways with the former Celtics great on Monday evening. Shortly after the news broke, Pierce commented on the situation via social media.
“Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile,” Pierce said.
Since stepping into NBA retirement in 2017, Pierce served as a significant fixture on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” and “The Jump.” Before becoming a regular studio analyst in August ahead of the 2017-18 season, he was a guest analyst during the 2016 and 2017 NBA Finals in ABC’S “NBA Countdown.”
His departure leaves a sizable void for the company to fill for the rest of this season. ESPN has declined to comment on the matter, but it certainly sounds like Pierce may have his next move in line.
Although his experience as an analyst is brief, the 43-year-old could quickly latch onto another company in a similar TV role.
What lies ahead for ESPN?
ESPN’s decision to quickly part ways with Paul Pierce alleviates any connection to the former NBA star.
According to The New York Post, the company was baffled that Pierce elected to post the videos on social media himself. There is a growing belief that had someone else post the footage of him doing that same activity, he might have retained his job.
Before his actions over this past weekend, Pierce had been on a downward trend with ESPN. Before the 2020-21 season, he lost his gig as part of the “NBA Countdown” team coverage but managed to maintain a regular spot as a contributor on ESPN’s other NBA programs.
ESPN will now effectively move forward in a new direction with Pierce no longer in the fold. The company possesses several different analysts it can rotate through to fill his spot on their various NBA programs.
It will be interesting to see what Pierce has lined up for his next career move. The former Celtics great is currently a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year and is expected to garner enough votes for induction.
Pierce played 19 NBA seasons, where he spent the bulk of his career with the Celtics while spending his last few years with the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, and LA Clippers. He earned 10 All-Star selections, four All-NBA Team nods, an NBA title, an NBA Finals MVP award, and had his No. 34 jersey retired by the Celtics.