The cable sports network ended its partnership with Pierce on Monday, an industry source told CNN Business. ESPN declined to comment on Pierce leaving the network. Representatives of Pierce also did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The news of Pierce’s firing was first reported by Front Office Sports.
Pierce was an analyst for the network on several NBA shows. This included the studio show “The Jump” and its preview show “NBA Countdown.” Pierce, nicknamed “The Truth”, won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 2008.
The healthy nature of the live stream was probably a turning point for ESPN – a company owned by the family-friendly Walt Disney Company (HAZE). Pierce and others in the video also do not appear to be wearing masks or following Covid protocols created on the network.
Pierce apparently addressed the situation on Twitter shortly after the news broke.
On Monday, Pierce released a short video of him smiling with the caption “Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure you smile #Truthshallsetufree.”
Later on Monday, he tweeted again, writing, “I can’t lose, even when I lose, I win.”
It’s unclear if anyone will replace Pierce on ESPN’s NBA programming, or if the network will just rotate in other commentators, journalists and analysts to fill his place.