Sunday 9th August 2020

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski apologizes for 'f— you' email to Sen. Josh Hawley

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a a lot totally different kind of “Woj Bomb” on Friday morning.

The workplace of Sen. Josh Hawley despatched out a PR email criticizing NBA commissioner Adam Silver for the league’s relationship with China, noting the NBA’s response to Daryl Morey’s “Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong” tweet. In a letter to Silver, Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, urged the NBA ought to permit gamers to put phrases about Hong Kong, the navy and legislation enforcement on the backs of jerseys as well as to authorised messages about social justice.

“The league’s new policy suggests a newfound commitment to enhanced employee expression,” Hawley wrote. “But that free expression appears to stop at the edge of your corporate sponsors’ sensibilities. And for woke capital today, profits from the Chinese market are more popular than patriotism.”

Wojnarowski acquired the email, and responded with two phrases: “F— you.”

After Hawley shared a screenshot of that response, Wojnarowski provided an apology and mentioned he would attain out to Hawley immediately.

“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake,” Wojnarowski mentioned. “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 additionally launched an announcement saying the corporate had addressed the email with Wojnarowski.

“This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it,” ESPN’s assertion learn. “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.”

Hawley did not suppose an apology from Wojnarowski was essential, however he does need ESPN to “call out the NBA.”

“No, I don’t want an apology. I want ESPN to ask the NBA why they won’t let players stand up for America and be able to criticize China’s actions,” Hawley instructed Outkick’s Jason Whitlock. “But maybe ESPN won’t say anything because they benefit from the NBA’s global presence.

“Till ESPN speaks out, all they’re actually doing is enabling the Chinese language Communist Social gathering to stifle free speech in America.”

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