ESPN has fired Paul Pierce after his racy Instagram Live video, NSL Learned
The cable sports network has ended its working relationship with Pierce
ESPN declined to comment on Pierce leaving the network. Representatives for Pierce
also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The news of Pierce’s firing was first reported by Front Office Sports.
Pierce was an analyst for the network on multiple NBA shows.
That included the studio show, “The Jump” and its pregame show “NBA Countdown.”
Pierce, who went by the nickname “The Truth,” won an NBA championship with the
Celtics in 2008.
Pierce joined ESPN before the 2017-2018 season.
The racy nature of the live stream was likely a breaking point for ESPN — a company
owned by the family-friendly Walt Disney Company (DIS). Also, Pierce and others in the
video do not appear to be wearing masks or following Covid protocols that have been set
up at the network.
Pierce seemingly addressed the situation on Twitter shortly after the news broke.
On Monday, Pierce posted a short video of him smiling with the caption, “Big Things
coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile #Truthshallsetufree.”
Later on Monday, he tweeted again writing, “I can’t lose even when I lose I’m winning.”
It is unclear if anyone will replace Pierce on ESPN’s NBA programming or if the network
will just rotate in other commentators, reporters, and analysts to fill his spot.