Paul Pierce is reportedly out at ESPN.
According to multiple reports on Monday evening, the former NBA star has been let go by the Worldwide Leader. Over the weekend, Pierce shared racy videos on Instagram of himself playing poker while accompanied by some exotic dancers.
Pierce hasn’t publicly addressed the videos, though he did tweet a two-word message late on Saturday night.
Monday night, news broke that Pierce will no longer work as an analyst at ESPN. He joined the Worldwide Leader as an NBA analyst following a Hall of Fame career in the league.
Source: ESPN parted ways with Paul Pierce effective immediately
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) April 5, 2021
ESPN has reportedly declined to comment on the decision.
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
Pierce, meanwhile, tweeted a cryptic message on Twitter shortly following the news breaking.
“Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile,” he wrote on Monday night.
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) April 5, 2021
Pierce joined ESPN ahead of the 2017-18 NBA season and worked on shows like The Jump and NBA Countdown. It’s unclear what his next step will be – and whether he’ll stay in sports media – but he won’t be working for ESPN.
Paul Pierce trying to access ESPN headquarters pic.twitter.com/TgBQDf8q6X
— Jake 🏀 (@SuperiorNBA) April 5, 2021
Paul Pierce was bad at his job but also did nothing wrong
— Robert O’Neill (@RobertONeill31) April 5, 2021
Pierce, 43, played in the NBA from 1998-2017. He was a first-round pick out of Kansas in the 1998 NBA Draft. Pierce starred for the Boston Celtics from 1998-2013, winning an NBA championship in 2008.
The former Celtics star then spent one season in Brooklyn and one season in Washington, before finishing his career with the Los Angeles Clippers.