ESPN and NBA champion Paul Pierce have parted methods after the basketball star shared a video on social media of him smoking and drinking with half-dressed women, a number of sources near the state of affairs inform NBC News.
The break up comes after Pierce posted the inappropriate video on his Instagram Live over the weekend. ESPN, which is owned by The Walt Disney Company, declined to remark.
Pierce, who spent most of his 19-season NBA profession with the Boston Celtics, labored for ESPN as an analyst on “NBA Countdown” and was usually featured on “The Jump” with host Rachel Nichols. Pierce, 43, is married with three youngsters.
On Monday, as information of Pierce’s ousting started to get out, he posted a video to Twitter of him laughing. “Big Things coming quickly keep tuned make certain u smile #Truthshallsetufree,” he wrote, referring to his nickname “The Truth.”
On Instagram, he posted a video thanking his “supporters” and his “haters.”
“Bigger and better things coming, baby,” Pierce stated. “Fall twice, get up three times. Just remember to smile.”
Pierce, in actual fact, will not be out of labor for lengthy. Shortly after information broke that ESPN had dropped him, Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy seemed to be recruiting him on Twitter for his sports activities and popular culture weblog.