Basketball Legend Paul Pierce loses ESPN Job after Poker Game, Strippers and Weed Video

07 Apr

Basketball legend and poker fanatic Paul Pierce has lost his ESPN analyst role this week after sharing a video of himself smoking weed and entertaining twerking exotic dancers!

The former Boston Celtics and 10-time All-Star NBA player was seen on Instagram Live receiving a massage at the poker table from a scantily-clad female, while another twerked provocatively in the background.

That was followed by Pierce drinking, smoking what appears to be a joint, and clearly under the influence as he is joined by a procession of exotic dancers on camera.

For ESPN, a Disney-owned company, the video was more than enough reason to part ways with Pierce, who had been a basketball analyst with the network for 3 and a half years, following his retirement after 19 years in the NBA.

The 43-year old, known as “The Truth” during his playing career and up for a spot in the Hall of Fame this year, was a regular on the network’s “NBA Countdown” and “The Jump” shows.

Poker fans will perhaps remember his exit from the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) after a fun run alongside Mustapha Kanit in the $25k buy-in event.

After his pocket jacks held up against the AQ of Pierce, Kanit joked with the sporting legend:

“Who’s the truth now? This is my game. Welcome to my court! Bam!”

Pierce took his exit well, smiling and high-fiving the Italian poker star before telling reporters:

“I ain’t heartbroken. I had fun.”

Pierce has also played in the WSOP Main Event and appeared on Poker After Dark.

His ESPN ‘firing’ doesn’t seem to have phased him however, Pierce releasing a four-second clip on Twitter of…laughter!

…with the promise of “Big things coming soon.”

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