An ESPN reporter apologized for sending an expletive to a U.S. Senator after the lawmaker pressed the NBA over its stance on China.
“I was disrespectful and made a regrettable mistake. Im sorry for the way I handled myself and I am reaching out immediately to Senator Hawley to apologize directly,” Adrian Wojnarowski said in a statement.
“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 said in an emailed statement to The Epoch Times: “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,” the statement said.
Wojnarowski from his work email sent Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) a message earlier Friday saying: “[Expletive] you.”
It came in response to a letter Hawley sent to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver accusing the professional basketball league of censoring any criticism of the Chinese Communist Party.
The NBA and NBA players union recently agreed to let players wear certain messages on their jerseys during games when the season resumes later this month.
The messages are “almost all aligned with the message of recent anti-police protests,” Hawley wrote.
“Conspicuously missing from the list of approved phrases are any in support of the victims of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including the people of Hong Kong, whose remaining freedoms are being eRead More From Source