The cable sports network ended a working relationship with Pierce Monday, industry sources told CNN Business.ESPN declined to comment on Pierce leaving the network. A representative for Pierce did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Pierce’s shooting news was first reported by Front Office Sports.
Pierce is a network analyst on several NBA shows. This includes studio show “The Jump” and pre-game show “NBA Countdown” Pierce, nicknamed “Truth”, won an NBA award with the Celtics in 2008.
The harsh nature of the live stream is likely to be the breaking point for ESPN, a family-friendly company. The Walt Disney Company (DIS)In addition, Pierce and the others in the video do not appear to mask or comply with the COVID protocol set at the network.
Pierce appeared to have addressed the situation on Twitter shortly after the news.
On Monday, Pierce posted 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 if I lose, I win.”
It is unclear who will replace Pierce in ESPN’s NBA show, or the network will circulate commentators, reporters and other analysts to fill his point.