ESPN analyst Paul Pierce fired following live Instagram video

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The cable sports network ended its working relationship with Pierce on Monday, an industry source told CNN Business. ESPN declined to comment on Pierce’s departure from the network. Representatives for Pierce also did not immediately respond to requests for comment. News of Pierce’s dismissal was first reported by Front Office Sports.

Pierce was a network analyst on several NBA shows. This included the studio show, “The Jump” and his pre-game show “NBA Countdown”. Pierce, nicknamed “The Truth,” won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 2008.

Pierce joined ESPN prior to the 2017-18 season.

The racy nature of the live broadcast was likely a breaking point for ESPN – a family-owned business. Walt Disney Company (DIS). Additionally, Pierce and others in the video do not appear to be wearing masks or following the Covid protocols that have been put in place on the network.

Pierce apparently took to the situation on Twitter shortly after the news broke.

Monday, Pierce posted a short video of him grinning with the caption, “Big things to come, stay tuned, be sure to smile #Truthshallsetufree.” “
Later Monday he tweeted again writing, “I can’t lose even if I lose, I win. “

It’s unclear if someone will replace Pierce on ESPN’s NBA lineup or if the network will just rotate other commentators, reporters and analysts to take his place.

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