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ESPN Dumps Paul Pierce Over IG Live Video of Him Partying with Strippers

*Paul Pierce has been curbed by ESPN after the former Boston Celtics star appeared in an Instagram Live stream with exotic dancers.

The NBA analyst is seen in the video smoking and playing poker with scantily clad dancers performing in the background — all while ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols. Once his ESPN bosses caught wind of his antics, Pierce was fired. He had worked for the network since 2017, being a part of “The Jump” and “NBA Countdown.”

In case you missed his wild IG Live session, peep the clip above before YouTube removes it.

Pierce, the MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics, responded to being canceled by the network on Twitter, posting, “Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile (hash)Truthshallsetufree.” 

After social media users roasted him for getting fired on his day off, Pierce clapped back with, “I can’t lose even when I lose I’m winning.” 

 

Meanwhile, adult cam site CamSoda has offered the NBA legend a six-figure deal to work with them on a show featuring exotic dancers. In an open letter shared on social media, the company reportedly wrote:

Dear Paul Pierce,

I saw the news that you have parted ways with ESPN after you posted a video to social media of yourself with exotic dancers.

Being that you are now unemployed, I would like to extend you a position at CamSoda as our first-ever “NBA Analyst.” As our NBA Analyst, you would be required to stream yourself live on our platform every week night and discuss happenings around the NBA. Inside the NBA be damned.

Here at CamSoda, we champion exotic dancers, cam girls and sex workers. We would be more than happy to accommodate your penchant for women and you’d be free to stream with them while they twerk in the background and more.

We’d be willing to extend you an offer of up to $250,000.

Paul has not publicly responded to the offer.

‘Official Trailer Drops for ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Starring LeBron James 

Here’s the official synopsis:  When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.  It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.

James stars alongside Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (the “Avengers” films, “Hotel Rwanda”), Khris Davis (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” TV’s “Atlanta”), Sonequa Martin-Green (TV’s “The Walking Dead,” “Star Trek: Discovery”), newcomer Cedric Joe, Jeff Bergman (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”) and Eric Bauza (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”).

“It’s one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game, I’ve ever played in,” James told Entertainment Weekly last month. “The Goon Squad is probably the best team ever assembled in basketball history.”

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be released in theaters nationwide on July 16, 2021 and available in the U.S. on HBO Max for 31 days from the theatrical release.

*Via press release, source: THE MRKT | multicultural marketing

Adia Barnes, Dawn Staley Make NCAA History as First Two Black Women to Lead Teams to Final Four

*For the first time in NCAA women’s tournament history, two Black women will lead teams into the Final Four. 

Per CNN, South Carolina’s Dawn Staley will be appearing in her third Final Four, while Adia Barnes and her Arizona team will make their debut appearance.

“There are so many Black coaches out there that don’t get opportunity because when ADs [Athletics Directors] don’t see it, they don’t see it — and they’re going to see it on the biggest stage of a Friday night, that two Black women are representing two programs in the Final Four, something that has never been done before,” Staley said.

“You know, our history here in women’s basketball is so filled with so many Black bodies that for this to be happening in 2021, to me, is long overdue, but we’re proud. We’re happy.”

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Barnes said she was grateful to share the historic feat with Staley.

“I think representation is extremely important,” she said, per The Arizona Republic. “The last few days I’ve found out a lot. When you’re so involved at the moment you don’t know about a lot of that stuff. The media brings it to your attention.”

“It’s incredible to be representing Black female coaches on the biggest stage. This is the biggest stage for women’s basketball so it’s an honor,” she continued. “To be behind someone like Dawn Staley. Dawn Staley is incredible. She’s a proven winner who has done amazing things for women’s basketball. To even be in the conversation with someone that great, it’s an honor.”

Staley told reporters Wednesday following South Carolina’s win over Texas that she was “super proud of Adia” and was “cheering for her to get it done.”

“It was not for any other reason besides us being represented at the biggest stage of women’s college basketball,” she said.

“And that’s because there are so many Black coaches out there that don’t get opportunity because when ADs [Athletics Directors] don’t see it, they don’t see it — and they’re going to see it on the biggest stage of a Friday night, that two Black women are representing two programs in the Final Four, something that has never been done before.

“You know, our history here in women’s basketball is so filled with so many Black bodies that for this to be happening in 2021, to me, is long overdue, but we’re proud. We’re happy.

“I know my phone is probably full of text messages of Black coaches all across the country, just congratulating us on doing that, on being present, being in the moment, being able to take our programs to this place.“

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