On Friday, United States Senator Josh Hawley publicized an email he received from an ESPN employee after he first sent out a press release that condemned the NBA’s stance on China.
Hawley also sent an email to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski criticizing the NBA for “refusing to support the United States Military.”
Woj didn’t take kindly to the email, so he sent a two-word reply. “F*** you,” Woj said in the email.
After his response in the email went viral, he issued an apology.
“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake,” he said on Twitter. “I’m sorry for the way I handled myself and I am reaching out immediately to Senator Hawley to apologize directly. I also need to apologize to my ESPN colleagues because I know my actions were unacceptable and should not reflect on any of them.”
He may have apologized, but many were in support of him lashing out. That included former ESPN contributor Jemele Hill.
Not long after Woj’s apology, ESPN issued a statement.
“This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it,” ESPN said in a statement. “It is inexcusable for anyone working for ESPN to respond in the way Adrian did to Senator Hawley. We are addressing it directly with Adrian and specifics of those conversations will remain internal.”