Paul Pierce Unfazed By Stripper Video That Led to ESPN Firing!
Ex Celtics baller and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce spoke about his exit from ESPN – which took place after he posted a video with strippers to his Instagram.
See, in April, Pierce was fired from ESPN as an analyst after he shared an Instagram Live video at a house party that included the aforementioned strippers dancing in the background, as well as smoking.
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CelebnSports247.com reports that Paul Pierce admits he was tired of working at ESPN because things kept changing and it was his last year.
Paul opened up during an interview on Michelle Beadle’s new “What Did I Miss?” podcast with The Athletic.
This is our first time getting to talk without having a lot of rules that we normally would’ve had. You and I both left ESPN. I left quietly. You decided to leave with a retirement video with strippers.
Pierce replied laughing:
I kinda went out with a bang!
Was that your plan when you did that honestly?
Pierce said about his former “NBA Countdown” co-hosts, Beadle, Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups.:
That wasn’t really my plan but I wasn’t tripping…I was just like, ‘you know what, at the end of the day, I am retired.’ I was tired of them anyway, truthfully. I don’t got nothing against them, but I was getting bored there. Stuff was changing all the time and it just wasn’t the same feel like it was when we was doing it.
It was too much changes. I got to the point where I was like this is my last year anyway and I’m just having fun, I’m retired, I’m allowed to have fun.
Beadle wasn’t surprised when she saw the video:
As soon as that video was on the internet and I watched it, I was like, ‘That was perfectly Paul…That was the most on-brand thing I’ve ever seen you do.
Pierce previously alluded in September that his work schedule and topic selection at ESPN were persistent points of contention.
As for Beadle, she left ESPN in the summer of 2019, after the network bought out her $5 million per year contract.