NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is facing discipline from his employer, ESPN, for giving a Missouri senator a piece of his mind. 😳
One of the most influential figures in basketball media, Woj, has been suspended by ESPN for saying "f*ck you" to Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley in an email made public on Friday.
Woj was set off by a letter from Hawley, a Republican, that was sent to NBA commissioner Adam Silver asking whether the league was planning on approving jersey slogans supporting the military and law enforcement, such as "Back the Blue."
He also accused the league of being more concerned with its business in China than supporting Hong Kong after the nation's ruling Communist Party imposed a national security law targeting various political crimes.
The NBA recently agreed that players will be able to wear one of 29 different slogans aligned with recent protests, ranging from "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe, on the back of their jerseys once the season resumes in Orlando.
Not many premiere players have opted for this design, but Ja Morant, one of the league's most talented rookies, imagined what his #12 jersey could look like if there were no language guidelines.
Meanwhile, Spencer Dinwiddie of the Nets claimed he was going to put "trillions" on the back of his #26 kit to highlight the country's national debt.
Woj later issued an apology for his email, saying he was "disrespectful" and that he would be reaching out to Hawley directly.
“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake," he wrote. "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.”
While the length of Woj's suspension is unknown, The New York Post reports the move comes without pay. ESPN is also canceling Woj's trip to Orlando where he was going to cover the NBA season restart later this month.
But Woj appears to have a big name on his side: LeBron James. The Lakers star, who will keep his last name on his #23 jersey, tweeted in support of Woj: "#FreeWOJ!!"
Other players, like Lou Williams and Jamal Murray, as well as some fans, weren't scared to show their support for Woj, either.