Over two years ago, former Boston Celtics player, Paul Pierce was terminated from his ESPN job as an analyst after he posted a video clip on his Instagram Live. The footage showed him having a great time while partying with a group of strippers. He still doesn’t feel he should have been let go for “having some entertainment.”
On a recent episode of I Am Athlete, he still questioned why he was fired. As he peers into the camera, he asks, “I got fired for what?” As the podcast’s hosts, former NFL players, Brandon Marshall, Channing Crowder, and Chad Johnson laugh at his remarks. They reminded Pierce that he was fired in the same way Ice Cube‘s character, Craig Jones in the movie, Friday was terminated… On his day off.
“I got fired for having some entertainment. I’m playing cards. It’s my boy’s birthday. It’s girls dancing, and we’re blowing some trees. I mean, what did I do wrong?”
As Pierce is being questioned about the circumstances, someone asks who recorded the video and Pierce admits he did. This led to more laughter as they compared him to Ja Morant, who has had his share of recent troubles, but mainly due to recording himself with a gun at a nightclub.
As Pierce recalls the incident that took place that night, he was bragging that he was also getting a haircut as all of the shenanigans are going down. He then uses his “hood” background to justify his actions at the time.
He then re-enacts the phone call he received after the incident from an ESPN executive.
“They hit me, and it was a higher-up,” Pierce remembers. “It was a lady. I’m like, ‘Hello?’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, we’re doing an investigation. Could you tell us what happened?’ I’m like, ‘You didn’t see it?’ I was just hanging out, playing cards. It wasn’t my house. I mean, it was self-explanatory.”
He explained that although he did nothing illegal, they are a Disney property, so they have to be held to a certain standard. “At the end of the day, it’s Disney, and they have a morals clause, and they just said it was immoral,” Pierce said.
“Paul Pierce recounts being fired from ESPN on his day off: “I got fired for having some entertainment. What did I do wrong?”
Paul Pierce recounts being fired from ESPN on his day off:
“I got fired for having some entertainment. What did I do wrong?” 🤷🏾♂️
— I AM ATHLETE (@IAMATHLETEpod) April 10, 2023