Report: ESPN, former Celtics legend Paul Pierce split after wild Instagram Live

Ryan Young
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Former NBA player Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce went live on Instagram on Friday night in a room full of dancers while drinking, smoking and playing poker with friends. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

ESPN parted ways with NBA analyst and former Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce on Monday, just days after his wild Instagram Live on Friday night, according to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy.

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Pierce has worked for ESPN since he retired from the league after the 2016-17 season, and has been a staple on “NBA Countdown,” “The Jump” and in other NBA coverage for the network ever since.

Pierce went live on Instagram on Friday night in a room full of dancers while smoking, drinking and apparently playing poker with his friends — all while clearly ignoring basic COVID-19 safety protocols. The videos made waves on social media, both during the live broadcast and after.

Pierce then tweeted the next day around 8 p.m. PT. 

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He didn't seem too bothered by the news on social media, either, as he posted a four second video of him just laughing on Monday afternoon.

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Pierce played in the NBA from 1998-2017, almost entirely for the Celtics. The 10-time All-Star helped lead Boston to a title in 2008, when he was named the Finals MVP, and averaged nearly 22 points and six rebounds per game over his 15 seasons with the franchise. Pierce then wrapped up his career with short stints on the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.

The 43-year-old was named a finalist for the 2021 Hall of Fame class last month, too.

ESPN declined to comment to Front Office Sports on the news, and Pierce has yet to comment further. 

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