ESPN and Paul Pierce Part Ways After Instagram Live Videos
Friday night, NBA and Celtics legend Paul Pierce went on Instagram Live and had himself a night. He was live playing a poker game with friends but the big thing was the strippers.
Paul Pierce didn’t “go crazy.” Him and his friends just so happen to bring Magic City to their poker game.
But today, ESPN announced that they are parting ways with Pierce.
BREAKING: ESPN and NBA Legend Paul Pierce have parted ways, according to sources.
Pierce posted videos of himself with exotic dancers on Instagram Live Friday night. Pierce has played a key role on 'NBA Countdown' + other ESPN basketball programming.
ESPN declined to comment.
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) April 5, 2021
We all saw this coming after those Friday night videos. We all knew ESPN was going to fire Pierce today and frankly, who cares. Pierce, in my opinion, is one of the better NBA analysts and ESPN will miss his expertise during the pregame. Pierce, alongside Jalen Rose, are the only two analysts who bring a different view than just the plain cookie cutter takes. Both Pierce and Rose played at a high level and bring the right amount of basketball knowledge and personality to make any show 10x more enjoyable. ESPN no doubt lost a fan favorite.
But, what is one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Immediately after the news broke from ESPN, Barstool’s Dave Portnoy tweeted at Pierce and then dubbed a video of him.
Hey @paulpierce34 📞 https://t.co/6WzmkwP20n
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) April 5, 2021
#bigthings https://t.co/XJq5BrwqiZ pic.twitter.com/uV7nQl1nDu
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) April 6, 2021
If Barstool somehow stumbles and signs Pierce to a contract, that will only help them. This would be their biggest ex-athlete since Deion Sanders. Pierce not only would have his own basketball brand to build from the ground up at Barstool but maybe we could also see a return of Mickstape? I don’t know I’m getting a little carried away. But the potential signing could be huge for both parties and it would only hurt ESPN.
Not only would Barstool support and promote his content but it would be a huge and continuous middle finger to ESPN, one that Barstool has be riding for quiet some time.