ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski apologizes for 'f— you' email to Sen. Josh Hawley

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a much different type of "Woj Bomb" on Friday morning.

The office of Sen. Josh Hawley sent out a PR email criticizing NBA commissioner Adam Silver for the league's relationship with China, noting the NBA's reaction to Daryl Morey's "Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong" tweet. In a letter to Silver, Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, suggested the NBA should allow players to put words about Hong Kong, the military and law enforcement on the backs of jerseys in addition to approved messages about social justice.

"The league's new policy suggests a newfound commitment to enhanced employee expression," Hawley wrote. "But that free expression appears to stop at the edge of your corporate sponsors' sensibilities. And for woke capital today, profits from the Chinese market are more popular than patriotism."

Wojnarowski received the email, and responded with two words: "F— you."

After Hawley shared a screenshot of that response, Wojnarowski offered an apology and said he would reach out to Hawley directly.

"I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake," Wojnarowski said. "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."

ESPN also released a statement saying the company had addressed the email with Wojnarowski.

"This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it," ESPN's statement read. "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."

Hawley didn't think an apology from Wojnarowski was necessary, but he does want ESPN to "call out the NBA."

"No, I don't want an apology. I want ESPN to ask the NBA why they won't let players stand up for America and be able to criticize China's actions," Hawley told Outkick's Jason Whitlock. "But maybe ESPN won't say anything because they benefit from the NBA's global presence.

"Until ESPN speaks out, all they are really doing is enabling the Chinese Communist Party to stifle free speech in America."

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