ESPN NBA host Maria Taylor has posted a strong message about Adrian Wojnarowski following his email controversy on Friday.
Wojnarowski, arguably the top NBA reporter in the business, sent a harsh email response to a United States senator.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, criticizing the league’s relationship with China. The email was forwarded to Wojnarowski, who sent a two-word response.
“F–k you,” Wojnarowski said.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 10, 2020
Wojnarowski has since apologized.
“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake,” Wojnarowski 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.”
ESPN has also made it clear that the company does not condone Wojnarowski’s email.
“This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it,” the 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.”
Wojnarowski’s colleague, Maria Taylor, is standing behind him.
“I don’t care what anyone says I will always stand with, by, and, for my incredible colleague & friend,” she wrote on Twitter.
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
It’s unclear if Wojnarowski will face discipline at ESPN, but it’s clear he has the support of some of his colleagues.