Did Paul Pierce Deserve to Get Fired From ESPN?

I’ll be the first to admit that I have never been a fan of former basketball star Paul Pierce. The 43-year-old played the majority of his career with the Boston Celtics. He was a member of the first “Big Three” created alongside PF Kevin Garnett and SG Ray Allen. The reason I did not like this player was due to the fact that his Celtics played against the Cleveland Cavaliers a plethora of times in huge games, some of which were in the playoffs.

After finishing his career in 2017, Pierce ended up as an analyst for ESPN. It makes sense, after all. The man knows a thing or two about basketball after playing the sport for all of those years at a high level. Pierce averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 1,343 total regular-season games.

The story goes that Pierce recorded himself on Instagram Live getting massaged by women, smoking what appears to be weed and having a great time. The man is married and has children, too. Thus, it’s not a great look…

Now, ESPN took very little time in firing Piece after this incident. However, it feels as if the company just used the video as an excuse to be able to let go of the former superstar for other reasons. Sure, management should’ve spoken to Pierce and reinforced that his behavior was inappropriate, but to fire him completely for it?

Yikes…

It leads to the question that all former NBA players are going to have to keep in mind after retiring. That is, what crosses the line and what doesn’t? Former players like Pierce just got punished severely for having fun on camera. Now, it’s not to say what was recorded was appropriate, but did it deserve a complete removal from a career position? Well, that’s ultimately not up for us to decide.

Pierce also posted this video on his Twitter recently after losing his job…

We’ll have to wait and see what big things are next. If you are interested in watching the actual video recorded…

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