ESPN, Paul Pierce Parting Ways Following Instagram Live Post With Strippers

ESPN is parting ways with NBA analyst/former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce. That news comes from a tweet from Michael McCarthy with Front Office Sports on Monday night, just days after Pierce had an Instagram Live post go viral.

“BREAKING: ESPN and NBA Legend Paul Pierce have parted ways, according to sources,” McCarthy tweeted. “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.”

Former OutKick writer Ryan Glasspiegel was actually the first to break the news.

ESPN will put up with a lot — and I mean A LOT — but apparently, they draw the line at what we saw in that Instagram Live video. The combination of smoking, drinking and playing poker with strippers is simply too much, especially for a guy who’s married with children.

Who knew?

Pierce has been a part of the crew at ESPN since he retired from his 20-year career in the NBA. He spent a majority of his career in Boston, but also had stints with the Brooklyn Nets (2013-14), Washington Wizards (2014-15) and Los Angeles Clippers (2015-17).

He won an NBA championship in 2008 and was named Finals MVP after averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. In his career, he was also a 10-time All-Star. He was the No. 10 overall pick of the 1998 NBA Draft.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. I find it so strange ESPN has no issue with blatant racism or calls to kill police from its’ black employees but playing poker with strippers in the background is a fireable offense. I will never understand the woke mindset.

  2. One of the main tenets of Black Lives Matter is the dissolution of the Nuclear family.

    This is what Paul Pierce was trying to accomplish here.

    Obviously the white supremacists at ESPN need to check their privilege and once again be taught what it truly means to be black in America….

  3. ESPN has no problem supporting grown men going into female restrooms where little girls may be, or Mark Jones pissing on cops & spewing racist bile, but this goes over the line? If the tables were turned and it was a female ESPN personality, married or not, live streaming from a party with twerking male dancers…would that lead to a “parting of ways”? Not likely.

  4. as long as Lebron becomes a global cartoon basketball star in China, thats all that matters.

    all the other NBA guys are just there to partay … while Lebron takes his job seriously, while these current and former clown ruin everything 😜

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