Stephen A. Smith rips Paul Pierce for livestream antics
Former NBA star Paul Pierce has come under criticism from ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith following his latest live stream on a Showtime Basketball-affiliated podcast, “The Ticket & The Truth.” The former Boston Celtic appeared to be intoxicated and exhibited odd behavior during the stream as he introduced Garnett to his “girlfriend for the day” and showed off expensive jewelry, among other antics. Smith, who was a colleague of Pierce’s at ESPN before he was let go in 2021, took Pierce to task for putting Garnett in a compromising position and expressed concern for Pierce’s behavior. Similar antics cost Pierce his job at ESPN when he live-streamed a poker game on his Instagram page. As of now, there haven’t been any repercussions for Pierce over the most recent incident.
What did Paul Pierce do during the live stream that caused controversy?
During an NBA Finals live stream of “The Ticket & The Truth” podcast, Paul Pierce exhibited odd behavior and appeared to be intoxicated as he introduced Kevin Garnett to his “girlfriend for the day” and showed off expensive jewelry, among other antics.
What did Stephen A. Smith say about Pierce’s behavior?
Smith criticized Pierce for putting his former teammate, Kevin Garnett, in a compromising position and expressed concern for Pierce’s behavior. Smith also took issue with the fact that similar antics cost Pierce his job at ESPN when he live-streamed a poker game on his Instagram page.
Has there been any response from Showtime or Pierce himself?
As of now, there haven’t been any comments from Showtime or Pierce on the incident.
Stephen A. Smith disapproves of Paul Pierce’s livestream behavior.
Stephen A. Smith has called out former NBA star Paul Pierce for his recent live stream antics during an NBA Finals livestream of a Showtime Basketball-affiliated podcast “The Ticker & The Truth”, hosted by Pierce and longtime teammate Kevin Garnett. Pierce’s behavior during the livestream appeared odd and intoxicated, displaying expensive jewelry and introducing his ‘girlfriend for the day’, hired from a website. In one incident, Pierce was hit in the face with a lighter while asking for one to smoke a cigar on the stream, prompting Smith to criticize Pierce for putting Garnett in a compromising position. This isn’t the first time Pierce’s actions have caused controversy; he was previously let go from ESPN in 2021 after live-streaming a poker game on his Instagram page with strippers and marijuana. Smith expressed concern for Pierce’s recent behavior, stating that he “means too much to the game of basketball. It’s embarrassing. Come on, bro. You’re better than that.” As of yet, Pierce and Showtime have not issued any statement regarding the incident.