Shortly after his wild video on Instagram Live, Paul Pierce and ESPN have parted ways, according to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy. How wild was the video? It was as if Pierce was submitting his suggestion for a hip-hop video from the early 2000s – he was in a room full of dancers while smoking weed, drinking, and apparently playing poker with his friends, all while clearly ignoring basic COVID-19 safety protocols.
Pierce got the gig on ESPN a few months after retiring back in 2017 and was a regular on The Jump and NBA Countdown. Pierce doesn’t seem to be too upset with the development. Here’s how he responded on Twitter after the news about his departure became public. This was posted at 4:20 p.m. PT. Yep, he really posted it at 420.
It seems like Pierce was jealous of the setup his contemporaries, Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, have at Showtime with their podcast “All The Smoke.” Disney owns ESPN, and there’s a certain level of decorum expected. Obviously, The Truth needs a more loose environment, and this won’t be the end of his career in basketball media.
The Celtics legend is a first-time nominee for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2021. By the looks of it, leaving ESPN won’t get in the way of 2021 being a great year for Paul Pierce.