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Report: ESPN suspends Adrian Wojnarowski for profane email to Sen. Josh Hawley

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 7/12/2020 Jace Evans, USA TODAY

Adrian Wojnarowski sitting at a table with a laptop and smiling at the camera: Adrian Wojnarowski in 2017. © Anne-Marie Caruso, NorthJersey.com Adrian Wojnarowski in 2017. ESPN has suspended popular NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski without pay for a profane email he sent to Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, the New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports.  

Hawley wrote an open letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Friday criticizing the league's relationship with China and calling on the league to allow messages in support of police, the military and Hong Kong protesters on player jerseys. The NBA is allowing players taking part in the season's restart to wear pre-approved messages in support of social justice on their nameplates in place of their last names.  

Responding to a press release emailed to him from Hawley's office regarding the letter, Wojnarowski, ESPN's chief NBA news-breaker, responded: "(Expletive) you." 

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Hawley took the response by "Woj" public, prompting an apology from Wojnarowski. 

"I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake," Wojnarowski said in a statement Friday. "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 called Wojnarowski's comments "completely unacceptable behavior," in a statement of its own, with the "Worldwide Leader" saying it would address the matter internally. 

The length of Wojnarowski's suspension is unknown but the NBA insider will not be reporting from the NBA bubble this week in Orlando as planned, Marchand reports. 

ESPN declined comment Sunday morning. 

Contributing: Chris Bumbaca, Scott Gleeson

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