After Paul Pierce was fired from his job as an NBA analyst at ESPN, he admitted months after that he didn't have the best time working with the network anyway. Pierce, who accidentally released a minutes-long clip of him partying with strippers that made the rounds on social media, mentioned that he didn't feel bad that it cost him his job — because ,after all, he said that he was about to quit ESPN. From all the topics he was forced to talk about to showing up to work regularly, Pierce knew that the media life wasn't meant for him.
The Truth spills the beans.
In his 1-on-1 interview with Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, Pierce opened up about why he hated working at ESPN in the first place. According to the 1-time champion, he didn't like how he had to talk about his rival LeBron James all the time and the fact that he had to put up a filter every time he was asked for an opinion.
"I was done with them, anyway," says Pierce between pulls of lemon mint. "It wasn't a great fit. There's a lot of stuff over there that you can't say. And you have to talk about LeBron all the time," Pierce added.
Pierce believes he does not owe ESPN an apology.
After the viral video of Pierce cost him his job at ESPN, his agent Jeff Schwartz suggested that he should apologize. The Truth admitted that he wasn't sorry for his actions because he still believed he did not do anything illegal in that video. Did it damage his and ESPN's reputation? Maybe, but Pierce said there was nothing to be sorry for and feel guilty about.
“Come on, I didn't do anything illegal," said Pierce. "These motherfu**ers in the Hall of Fame, some did [cocaine], f-u**ing battery. What the f**k did I do? I was just having a good time. All the people coming after me, half you motherfu**ers do the same s**t. You're just hiding it. And you all are married while you're doing it. I'm divorced. I'm retired. I'm having fun," Pierce added.
In retrospect, the Hall-Of-Famer was right in saying that he didn't do anything illegal (at least based on what was shown in the video). He remains bullish that his only mistake was accidentally publishing those videos on Instagram. At the end of the day, Pierce is holding on to the truth that he didn't do anything wrong, and in this case, the truth was what set him free from ESPN.