UPDATED: Social media antics appear to have taken another victim. ESPN and its NBA analyst Paul Pierce have gone their separate ways following their wild Instagram Live which included pot smoking and scantily clad exotic dancers.
The Associated Press confirmed the split tonight.
Neither side has yet confirmed the reason for Paul’s departure, but sources told Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy today that the former Boston Celtics All-Star has been fired.
Pierce tweeted this cryptic clip just after 4:20 p.m. PST with the caption “‘Big things to come, stay tuned, be sure to smile #Truthshallsetufree”:
– Paul Pierce (@ paulpierce34) April 5, 2021
And just an hour ago, Pierce followed up with another tweet, which read, “I can’t lose even if I lose, I win.”
I can’t lose even when I lose I win 🤔🤔😳😃😃😃
– Paul Pierce (@ paulpierce34) April 6, 2021
Pierce started at ESPN in September 2017, a few months after retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons. He was an NBA analyst for the world leader, appearing on programs such as The jump and NBA countdown.
He started – and ended – his career as Celtic, spending his first 15 years with the team, winning the 2008 NBA title and being named to 10 All-Star teams. Only John Havlicek has played more season with the Celtics (16), who retired Pierce’s No.36 jersey.
Pierce finished as the Celtics’ all-time leader with 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583), and his 24,021 career points only lag behind Havlicek. . He was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, spent 2014-15 with Washington and played his last two seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce signed with Boston again in 2017 so he could retire as Celtic.
He is nominated for the first time for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame with the promotion of 2021.