Paul Pierce got fired from ESPN after he posted video footage from a stripper party on his social media earlier this year. Now, the former NBA baller is opening up about it and he has ZERO regrets. In fact, he said he’s not mad about losing his job as a NBA analyst because he was tired of talking about LeBron James all the time.
Paul Pierce clearly doesn’t give a damn and still wants all the smoke.
In case you forgot, the NBA legend was fired by ESPN earlier this year after the Boston Celtics legend shared an IG Live stream partying it up in a room with exotic dancers who were twerking (if you want to call it that) while members from his crew threw potato chips at them. It quickly went viral.
Paul Pierce Gets Unique Job Offer After ESPN FIRED Him Likely Over Risqué IG Live Video https://t.co/g3XCAX8EsU
— YBF CHIC (@TheYBF) April 6, 2021
The former NBA baller and his crew were seen playing poker, sipping on spirits and, smoking (inserts the eyes emoji) during the turn up. Oh, and no one was wearing a mask. Hmph.
The racy video caused Paul to lose his job at ESPN.
The cable sports network – owned by family-friendly corporate media giant Disney – didn’t waste any time to sever ties with the former NBA star, who played a key role as an analyst on “NBA Countdown,” Rachel Nichols’ weekday show “The Jump,” and other ESPN basketball programming, according to Front Office Sports.
The network didn’t say this is why they "parted ways," but it’s pretty clear to everyone this is the likeliest reason. And it’s also quite likely he was more fired than "parted ways".
The former NBA Finals MVP – who went by the nickname “The Truth" – joined ESPN before the 2017-2018 season.
“Come on, I didn’t do anything illegal."
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 8, 2021
Now, Paul Pierce is opening up about the incident, saying his agent – Jeff Schwartz – told him to apologize (just in case it would affect his Hall of Fame voting), but he decided NOT to. He said he didn’t do anything illegal and went IN on players who have done worse.
"Come on, I didn’t do anything illegal," Paul Pierce told Sports Illustrated. “These motherf***ers in the Hall of Fame, some did [cocaine], f***ing battery. What the f*** did I do? I was just having a good time."
"All the people coming after me, half you motherf*ckas do the same sh*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.”
The former NBA player def didn’t care what Hall of Fame voters thought about it.
“Listen, if I didn’t make it with this class, it would be the biggest stiff job in Hall of Fame history.”
ESPN didn’t ask for an apology. The relationship between Paul and ESPN was already deteriorating. He hated traveling and network executives didn’t think he was working hard enough. Apparently, the stripper video was the last straw. Paul was annoyed with covering Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James every day, so he wasn’t stressing the firing.
“I was done with them, anyway,” said Paul. “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.”
Well damn. You can read more from his interview here.
As for his most recent social media activity…
The truth is that we don’t need everyone to like us; we need a few people to love us. Because what’s better than being roundly liked is being fully known – an impossibility both professionally and personally if you’re so busy being likable that you forget to be yourself
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) September 8, 2021
"The truth is that we don’t need everyone to like us; we need a few people to love us," Paul tweeted. "Because what’s better than being roundly liked is being fully known – an impossibility both professionally and personally if you’re so busy being likable that you forget to be yourself."
Paul Pierce was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame back in May. His former teammate Kevin Garnett is scheduled to present the honor this Saturday, September 11th. The enshrinement ceremony is set for 7pm EST and will be broadcast on NBA TV.
Paul Pierce tries to spit game at a waitress
“Moral or oral support, which one?”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) September 7, 2021
There’s another video featuring Paul Pierce that has gone viral. The one-time NBA champion and Finals MVP was captured seemingly trying to shoot his shot at a waitress while playing poker
Watch the uber cringey video of the former NBA player above.
Photo: Paul’s IG