Paul Pierce has officially broken his silence on being given the boot by ESPN.
There is no love lost when it comes to Paul Pierce and the Disney-owned sports network. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the retired NBA superstar revealed that his partnership with ESPN wasn’t a “great fit,” in an article revolving around his upcoming Basketball Hall-of-Fame induction.
In April, ESPN fired Pierce after he shared a video of himself and friends enjoying the company of strippers on Instagram, seemingly not given a single solitary f*** he did. Pierce revealed to the famed sport’s publication that even before ESPN fired him, his time was “done,” with the network claiming that travel and executives being way too demanding as reasons he didn’t love the gig. The former Celtic, who famously doesn’t care about LeBron James, also added that having to talk about the Lakers superstar too much also played a factor.
“There’s a lot of stuff over there that you can’t say. And you have to talk about LeBron all the time,” Pierce said.
Pierce didn’t apologize, bucking the advice of his agent Jeff Schwartz who urged him to do so, fearing that the potential fallout with ESPN could hurt his career.
“Come on, I didn’t do anything illegal,” Pierce proclaimed. “These motherf*ckers in the Hall of Fame, some did [cocaine], fucking battery. What the fuck did I do? I was just having a good time. All the people coming after me, half you motherf*ckers do the same shit. You’re just hiding it. And you all are married while you’re doing it. I’m divorced. I’m retired. I’m having fun.”
In a since-deleted tweet, Pierce doubled down on his antics and chastised his former employer, writing, “@espn I don’t need you,” he tweeted. “I got @ethereum_max I made more money with this crypto in the past month then I did with y’all in a year. TRUTH shall set u Free.”
Well, tell us how you really feel, Mr. Pierce. We are intrigued to see what he has in store for the future cause we like zero f**** given Paul Pierce.
Twitter Reactions: Paul Pierce Reportedly Fired From ESPN
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Paul Pierce’s response to being fired makes it even better. pic.twitter.com/EHeQVFnDtc— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 5, 2021
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Paul Pierce really threw it all away for 315 live viewers 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/ICVmauWnPn— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) April 5, 2021
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this how espn wanted Paul Pierce to be in that live pic.twitter.com/jjYW92k1Ct— ball fade (@ballfade_) April 5, 2021
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ESPN to Paul Pierce on his day off pic.twitter.com/hk6j7ggQHh— DC (@DylansRawTake) April 5, 2021
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Paul Pierce updating his LinkedIn and Indeed profiles pic.twitter.com/gfHjpudm1g— C.J. Toledano (@CJToledano) April 5, 2021
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LIVE YOUR LIFE,— Jordan Belfort (@wolfofwallst) April 5, 2021
SUPPORT THE LOCAL ARTS.
Come work for me Paul Pierce.
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The Miami Heat, unlike Paul Pierce, will be working in the playoffs— Five Reasons Sports (@5ReasonsSports) April 5, 2021
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Paul pierce trying to get into the ESPN HQ tomorrow pic.twitter.com/P7GJ1ufFTa— YRG BMoneyy🏀 (@BMoneyy26) April 5, 2021
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Rachel Nichols when Paul Pierce pulls up to work on Monday https://t.co/xhVCzhKnvD— Brandon Chicken (@SikuLaFlame) April 3, 2021
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Never forget this fan wanted NOTHING to do with Paul Pierce’s headband. 💀— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 5, 2021
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When Paul Pierce found out Monica wasn’t coming 😭🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/M5lzhpxKEc— Von Cheadle (@IJustJosh) April 3, 2021
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“hey Paul, ESPN is calling”— FOLLOW @sageBiTT, this a back up now (@sage_treeteam) April 3, 2021
Paul Pierce: pic.twitter.com/O2SouVOizk
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This is my favorite Paul Pierce headline cuz it makes it sound like he was the one twerking. pic.twitter.com/21pYmd05un— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) April 6, 2021
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Paul Pierce on his next IG Live https://t.co/8y3tLrhrW3— Double L must Rock The Bells (@LoveThePuck) April 5, 2021
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Paul Pierce lost his job for 350 IG live viewers— chip (@chipoffyoblock) April 5, 2021
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KD-Rapaport feels like a work. Feels like Paul Pierce was intentionally looking for a way out of his contract. Idk if the two are related but this shit don't smell right pic.twitter.com/eXdBrWrtiB— 🎅🏿America Is Musty🎅🏿 (@DragonflyJonez) April 6, 2021
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Paul Pierce didn’t want that damn job.— Yeah. Okay. (@KarlousM) April 6, 2021
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