Bristol, C.T. — ESPN Senior NBA Insider reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, apologized on Friday after lashing out at Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO). Wojnarowski emailed Senator Hawley saying, “F*** you” over the senator’s criticism of the NBA and China.
Wojnarowski, who goes by the nickname “Woj,” tweeted out the following apology Friday: “I was disrespectful, and I made a regrettable mistake,” Wojnarowski said in a statement posted to his Twitter feed. “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.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2020
In an email sent to The Daily Caller, the Left-leaning worldwide leader in sports called Wojnarowski’s comments “unacceptable.”
In its complete statement, ESPN said, “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 specific of those conversations will remain internal.”
“No amount of profit can justify collaborating with a regime for which violent suppression and enslavement are routing tools of governance,” Hawley wrote.
Hawley responded to ESPN’s apology by demanding they call out the NBA over the league’s relationship with China.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 10, 2020
If you recall, the Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong back in October, which set off a geopolitical firestorm. This prompted several high profile players, most notably LeBron James and the Houston Rockets own James Harden, with contempt for Morey’s since-deleted tweet.
James said the following shortly after the MIT and Northwestern educated Morey’s tweet:
“We all talk about this freedom of speech — yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself. I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand.”
James pressured the NBA to punish Morey for his opinions. Why? Because the NBA is one of many major corporations and elite American institutions with significant business ties in China.
The league itself has received criticism over its response to human rights violations in China, particularly after fans were ejected from an NBA preseason game last week for chanting “Free Hong Kong.”
The Houston Rockets point guard James Harden said at the time, “We apologize, we love China, we love playing here. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year, and they show us the most support and love. We appreciate them as a fanbase, and we love everything they’re about. We appreciate the support they give us individually and as an organization.”
They say money talks, but in this instance, it’s screaming. The almighty dollar can cause people to do some crazy things, but siding with a communist country with such horrific human rights abuses is a new low
Although ESPN’s job is to report on sports, they often insert themselves into the political arena. Senator Hawley did say of Wojnarowski, “He’s just saying what he really thinks,” Hawley said of Wojnarowski. “Call out the NBA. You know, your job.”
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