ESPN has suspended NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski for sending a profane email to a United States senator. It was a shocking turn of events that everybody thought was over when Woj issued an apology and the Worldwide leader sent out a statement condemning his act.
Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, had sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, criticizing the league for its relationship with China. Wojnarowski was sent the email and responded “fuck you.”
Hawley responded to the suspension on Twitter.
“don’t suspend a reporter, ask tough questions of @NBA about their pro-#China, anti-America bias. Start reporting for goodness sake,” he wrote.
Woj sent out his apology on the same day of the email.
“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake,” Wojnarowski said in a statement 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.”
ESPN’s statement shortly after:
“This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it. 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.”