Former NBA World Champion Paul Pierce and ESPN reportedly split this week after the basketball analyst shared a video of himself with exotic dancers on Instagram Live. The video was shared widely across all social media platforms, prompting the former NBA Finals MVP and ESPN to sever ties.
However, Pierce’s unemployment may not last very long. A adult site offered Pierce a job which could be worth up to $ 250,000.
According to Jorge Alonso, adult site CamSoda offered Pierce the opportunity to live stream an NBA show with exotic dancers.
The offer letter read: “Dear Paul Pierce, I saw the news that you broke up with ESPN after posting a video on social media of yourself with exotic dancers. Since you are now unemployed, I would like to offer you a job at CamSoda as our very first “NBA Analyst”. As an NBA Analyst, you will need to stream live on our platform every night of the week and discuss events around the NBA. Inside the NBA be damned. At CamSoda, we stand up for exotic dancers, cam girls and sex workers. We would be more than happy to accommodate your fondness for women and you would be free to stream with them as they twerk in the background and more. We would be prepared to make you an offer of up to $ 250,000.
Since the end of his playing career in 2017, Pierce has worked as an on-air analyst for ESPN. Pierce, a 10-time NBA All Star, has become known for delivering some weird and pretty hot takes and certainly offers entertainment value.
Michael McCarthy from Front Office Sports reported on Monday that Pierce and ESPN have “gone their separate ways” after posting the video of himself with exotic dancers on his Instagram account.
“ESPN and NBA Legend Paul Pierce went their separate ways, sources say, “McCarthy wrote on Twitter. “Pierce posted videos of himself with exotic dancers on Instagram Live on Friday night. Pierce has played a key role in ‘NBA Countdown’ + other ESPN basketball programs. ESPN declined to comment.”
Pierce had not released an official statement or commented on the matter to reporters early Monday evening. He appeared to offer a reaction to the decision via Twitter, however, and hinted at an impending landing point.
Pierce has played 15 of his 19 NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics and has averaged 19.7 points on 45% shots for his career. He was the 10th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft in Kansas and also played for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers at the end of his career. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently named Pierce as one of 14 finalists in his 2021 class, and he looks like a solid bet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame’s first round.
“Just to be recognized – if I am successful – just to be recognized forever in the basketball lore,” Pierce said on ESPN’s “The Jump”. via Boston.com. “When I’m long gone, I always said, listen, the Hall of Fame is forever, and having my number hanging in Boston Garden is forever. So it’s a real honor if that were to happen. I am blessed to have been able to devote time to my profession.
“… This is the last stop,” Pierce added. “I don’t know if that was the goal, but I just think that with all the hard work and [perseverance], it ended like that. You set goals, work as hard as you can, and see where you stand.
Robbie Weinstein and Alex Seats of 247Sports contributed to this story