Woj’s F-bomb resulted in an unpaid suspension, The Post learned.
ESPN canceled Adrian Wojnarowski, an NBA insider, trip to Orlando this week to report on the NBA bubble, sources say, after responding to Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) With a email that said “F – k you”.
Hawley initiated the exchange by sending a mass letter criticizing NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s relations with China.
ESPN declined to comment, although their actions will likely become apparent this week when the eminent Wojnarowski is not on the air. The end point of Wojnarowski’s suspension, if it has been defined, is not yet known.
The Outkick site first reported that Wojnarowoski had been suspended.
For years now, Wojnarowski, first at Yahoo and now at ESPN, has been the primary announcer for the NBA. His avant-garde account of his competitors is now known as “Woj Bombs” on Twitter.
Friday, 40-year-old Hawley posted a screenshot of Wojnarowski’s email, tweeting, “Don’t criticize China or express your support for law enforcement at @espn.” It makes them really crazy. “
Wojnarowski, 51, apologized soon after.
“I was disrespectful and made an unfortunate mistake,” said Wojnarowski in a statement. “I am sorry for the way I behaved and I immediately speak to Senator Hawley to apologize directly. I also have to apologize to my ESPN colleagues because I know that my actions were unacceptable and should not think about any of them. “
ESPN, meanwhile, described Wojnarowski’s email as “completely unacceptable”, “inexcusable” and said he would deal with it directly with Wojnarowski, but the details will remain “internal”.
Some NBA players and ESPN staff came to defend Wojnarowski. Lou Williams of the Clippers tweeted “Aye #Freewoj man”, adding two crying and laughing emojis. Williams’ teammate Patrick Beverly followed the tweet with “Till it’s backwards” and two prayer emojis.
ESPN’s Maria Taylor tweeted support for Wojnarowski earlier, saying she would always be with him.
With the reopening of the NBA camps at Disney World and the resumption of games at the end of the month, the league has authorized messages that players can wear in place of their names to support social justice. These include, “equality”, “Black Lives Matter”, “vote” and “I Can’t Breathe”.
However, comments on China are excluded from the list. In October, the league faced the fallout from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet – “Stay with Hong Kong.” The Chinese government has canceled NBA games and events scheduled to take place in the country.
In Hawley’s letter to Silver, the senator asked why “Free Hong Kong” was not included in the jerseys, saying that “freedom of expression seems to stop at the limit of your sponsor’s sensitivity. business”.
Wojnarowski used his freedom of expression to respond to Hawley – and now ESPN put him on the bench and took his salary.