ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski apologized for the crude email he sent in response to a Missouri senator’s criticism of the league.
Wojnarowski, the top NBA reporter in the business, wrote “F–k you” in response to an email sent by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
Hawley had sent an email criticizing Adam Silver and the NBA for its relationship with China. Wojnarowski was included in Hawley’s email about the league’s relationship with China, which got rocky following Daryl Morey’s “Free Hong Kong” tweet.
“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake,” Wojnarowski apologized on Twitter. “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.”
One ESPN employee thinks Wojnarowski had nothing to apologize for, though.
Martenzie Johnson, an associate editor for ESPN’s Undefeated, backed Wojnarowski on Twitter on Friday.
“We should all publicly back our colleagues, especially against bad-faith efforts. Woj has nothing to apologize for, but he did, and that’s OK. I’m always going to ride for my teammates,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
We should all publicly back our colleagues, especially against bad-faith efforts.
Woj has nothing to apologize for, but he did, and that’s OK. I’m always going to ride for my teammates. https://t.co/vFAcdRtWOw
— Martenzie Johnson (@Martenzie) July 10, 2020
Johnson is not the only ESPN employee to back Wojnarowski.
NBA host Maria Taylor also tweeted a message in support.
I don’t care what anyone says I will always stand with, by, and, for my incredible colleague & friend @wojespn
— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) July 11, 2020
ESPN, meanwhile, publicly chastised Wojnarowski.
“This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it,” ESPN said in a statement. “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.”