ESPN said an obscene tweet from NBA star journalist Adrian Wojnarowski to Republican senator from Missouri Josh Hawley was “completely unacceptable behavior” and promised internal discipline.
The company’s statement came after Wojnarowski tweeted “F ** k you” to Hawley, who asked in a tweet and letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver why the NBA players weren’t allowed to put “Free Hong Kong”, “Support Our Troops”, “Back The Blue” and other conservative statements on their shirts.
The league and its players’ association have approved 29 social justice statements that players can wear on their shirts instead of their names for the NBA reopening season. The list includes phrases like “Black Lives Matter”, “Speak Their Names” and “I Can’t Breathe”, among others.
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The NBA will also have “Black Lives Matter” on its grounds.
The ESPN statement said that no discipline will be made public. “This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not tolerate it. It is inexcusable for anyone working for ESPN to respond as Adrian did to Senator Hawley. We are approaching him directly with Adrian and the details of these conversations will remain internal. “
Wojnarowski also issued an apologizing statement for the tweet. Why he reacted so emotionally to the senator’s request is unclear.
“I was disrespectful and made an unfortunate mistake,” said Wojnarowski in his 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. “
Hawley said in a tweet that he didn’t want apologies from mWojnarowski. Instead, he urged ESPN to “call the NBA”.
“Don’t apologize to @wojespn. He just says what he really thinks. Call @NBA. You know, your job. ”