Paul Pierce is out at ESPN after the NBA analyst and former Boston Celtics star appeared in a wild Instagram Live stream that showed him partying with exotic dancers and ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols.
The cable network ousted Pierce on Monday, with the details going public when freelance sports journalist Ryan Glasspiegel tweeted out the news. “Source: ESPN parted ways with Paul Pierce effective immediately,” Glasspiegel posted at 4:09 p.m. PT.
TMZ and Page Six later confirmed Pierce’s firing. The decision came three days after the now ex-analyst went live Friday night on IG, while living it up with scantily clad women and male friends in L.A.
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In the viral video, which can be seen here, ladies wearing G-strings and bikini tops are shown gyrating behind Pierce and grinding on men and other women in the room. In other portions of the video posted around the web, Pierce says he’s in L.A. and gives a shoutout to a woman named Monica, telling her she could “make some money” if she “came through.” He is also shown smoking what appears to be a joint.
Pierce’s bosses at Disney-owned ESPN apparently weren’t impressed by what they saw and dropped the hammer.
Following news of his ouster, Pierce tweeted out a four-second video of himself laughing and captioned the post: “Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile #Truthshallsetufree.”
The sports star, 43, is married with children.