Why was Paul Pierce fired from ESPN?
Pierce was fired by ESPN in April for an Instagram live video with smoking, gambling and stripping that he insists, perhaps unconvincingly, was accidental. “I was done with them, anyway,” Pierce told SI about his ill-fated TV career. “It wasn't a great fit. New York Daily NewsPaul Pierce says he has nothing to apologize for
‘The Truth’ keeps living up his nickname.
Pierce shared a video of himself laughing immediately after getting fired. He never apologized for the video, or expressed regret for his behavior. Instead, Pierce seems totally at peace for how his media career ended. In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Pierce revealed that he had issues with the network long before he posted the video that got him canned.
SI’s Chris Mannix spoke to Pierce for a career-spanning interview that left no doubt The Truth is living up to his nickname in retirement. One of Pierce’s big issues at ESPN? He didn’t like having to talk about LeBron James all the time:
ESPN didn’t ask for an apology. The relationship between Pierce and the network had become strained over the past two years. Pierce hated the travel. Network executives didn’t think he was working hard enough. The video, industry sources told Sports Illustrated, was the last straw. “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 and James faced off 69 times in their careers before Pierce’s retirement, with James’ team winning one more time than Pierce’s. While Pierce’s Celtics scored some memorable series wins over James’ Cavs in the 2008 and 2010 playoffs, LeBron’s Miami Heat would take out the Celtics in 2011 and 2012.
Pierce has taken plenty of shots at LeBron before. He said he was James’ biggest rival and that the Celtics ‘sent the U-Haul’ for James to go to Miami. Pierce also left LeBron out of his top five players ever. The beef between James and Pierce goes way back. Check out our Beef History on the subject here:
Later in the interview, Pierce said he’s working on launching a podcast with former teammate Kevin Garnett, and wants to do a show where the two travel the world. That sounds awesome. It also feels like a safe bet it will include plenty of LeBron slander, knowing those two.
Pierce earned nearly $200 million in his career, so losing work from ESPN probably doesn’t sting too much. Hopefully The Truth keeps living up to his nickname in retirement.
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07 September, 2021 - 02:18pm
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Former NBA great Paul Pierce shed light on his exit from ESPN in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week and had eye-opening information to share.
Pierce, who will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame this week, saw his role with ESPN come to abrupt end earlier this year.
“Here’s what happened: In April, Pierce was playing poker at a friend’s house in Los Angeles,” wrote Chris Mannix via SI.com. “There was drinking. And smoking. And strippers. And after a little too much drinking and smoking, Pierce decided to start an Instagram Live and, well, show off the strippers. He went on for a few minutes, riffing, he thought, for a couple hundred people. When he finished, he deleted it. He didn’t know IG Lives can be recorded (they can) and reposted (it was). Pierce went home that night thinking no one noticed. He woke up the next day and discovered everyone had.”
Pierce refused to apologize for the Instagram Live, which ultimately led to ESPN’s decision to move on from the NBA great.
In Sports Illustrated’s profile on Pierce this week, the former NBA forward revealed he was ready to walk away from ESPN before his departure occurred.
“I was done with them, anyway,” Pierce said. “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.”
Paul Pierce has no regrets as he prepares to enter the Hall of Fame—not even for that one video https://t.co/LrbQydpHTc
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 7, 2021
Take a look at what NBA fans have to say about Pierce’s eye-opening comments.
My god, man, I love Paul Pierce pic.twitter.com/JnuaO97c8y
— Al Horford Pacino (@alpacinogrunt) September 7, 2021
— Frosty Bias (@frostybias) September 7, 2021
— Doc (@MJK_NY31) September 7, 2021
"I was done with them, anyway. It wasn’t a great fit."
Paul Pierce did not like ESPN's topic selection which, a lot of the time, happened to be LeBron James 👀 pic.twitter.com/wiYmWDjp9U
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 7, 2021
Paul Pierce ultimately ended up being right. His actions in the infamous Instagram Live didn’t cost him a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Pierce’s Hall of Fame festivities will begin this weekend.
Alek is a Writer at The Spun.
07 September, 2021 - 11:31am
Paul Pierce said he hopes to reunite his old Celtics teammates in the future. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)AP
As the years pass, Celtics legend Paul Pierce says he’s still holding out hope he can reunite old teammates.
Pierce will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, introduced by Kevin Garnett, who was inducted as part of the 2020 class in May. Pierce reflected on his 19-year NBA career with Sports Illustrated, which also detailed his exit from ESPN as he added “I was done with them, anyway.”
Pierce also talked about his winding career, including his stabbing incident, almost getting traded from the Celtics and winning the 2008 NBA Finals.
Of course, the proverbial asterisk with those Big 3 Celtics teams revolves around another former teammate: Ray Allen. After Allen signed with the rival Heat — and won a championship there — for less money after his Boston stint, it sparked a feud that still stands today.
Pierce said he’s trying to reunite those old Celtics. As he put it in the Sports Illustrated piece, he envisions Boston’s old starting lineup of Pierce, Allen, Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins walking out at halftime to a deafening Celtics crowd one day.
Pierce said he and Allen made up a few years ago when they were on an exhibition tour in China. There was anger initially when Allen dipped to sign with the Heat, Pierce admitted, but that was during their playing days.
That still appears to be a far off dream, though.
Pierce said he believes Garnett is starting to soften as “he’s less stubborn as he gets older.” Public indications seem to say otherwise, as of now. Garnett snubbed Allen during his Hall of Fame speech, among other acts like cropping out Allen when posting on social media.
Garnett isn’t even the real issue, according to Pierce. That lies with Rondo, who recently signed with the Lakers for his second stint with the rival franchise. Pierce told SI that Rondo is “still stubborn” and likely won’t change his attitude in the near future. Pierce and Rondo used to be close during their early Boston days, but the Heat signing only exacerbated other issues.
Former Boston coach Doc Rivers said he tried to get the group back together, but failed. Pierce said he will succeed, adding he’s “going to keep talking to everyone.”
The Celtics will have the spotlight on them this weekend as one of their legends gets into the Hall. Bill Russell is also being enshrined, this time as a coach after making it into the Hall as a player in 1975.
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