Missouri Senator Josh Hawley insisted he didn’t want an apology from or a punishment for ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, but that he wanted ESPN to start reporting on the NBA’s ties to China. However, that is not really an option for ESPN because of their own reliance on China and the NBA.
H/T: Washington Examiner
Wojnarowski ended up receiving an undisclosed suspension for responding to a Hawley statement with an email simply saying “F— you.” Hawley’s letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver ripped the league for its deference to China, and Hawley made it clear afterward that China was his target by asking ESPN not to punish Wojnarowski.
“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,” said Hawley.https://t.co/7upT5tYNoS— The Federalist (@FDRLST) July 10, 2020
Billions, as does @Comcast @ViacomCBS @ATT they own ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, This influences what they report and political leaning they take on air. They should not be allowed to own broadcast networks with financial ties to China. @DHSgov @SecPompeo @realDonaldTrump— RickyRay- 1 of 100 million Trump Trolls (@RickyRayinGA) July 11, 2020
ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski Says “Fuck You” After Missouri Senator Criticizes The NBA Lack of Support For Police & China! 🤣🔥📰 pic.twitter.com/hWHTq1Dv87— SFTY+ (@sftyplus) July 10, 2020
ESPN’s Wojnarowski suspended after sending profane email to GOP senator.| Just The News https://t.co/6xOf6ZL8Bm— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) July 12, 2020
A number of NBA players tweeted #FreeWoj after reports surfaced that ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski had been suspended without pay following his profane email response to a U.S. senator https://t.co/PiPgczFnhb pic.twitter.com/6U9lv1Vs7g— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 12, 2020
LeBron James Tweets In Support Of Suspended ESPN Reporter. Should The NBA Star Speak Out Against China? https://t.co/5oidBSNqEx— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 13, 2020
The subtext here is amazing. LeBron apparently believes that Woj got a raw deal over Hawley, who was criticizing the NBA for not standing up to China. When LeBron was asked about China, he initially criticized Daryl Morey for speaking up about Hong Kong.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 12, 2020
“Please. Please, God, do not make us answer uncomfortable questions about China!” -ESPN/NBA https://t.co/uWa9QkvPRN— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) July 12, 2020
LeBron called Daryl Morey "uneducated" when he had the audacity to tweet free Hong Kong. But he got right to defending an ESPN reporter who emailed a Senator "fuck you" for calling out the NBA's hypocrisy on China.— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 13, 2020
What a total clown https://t.co/mKQ0lQYZRC
Why does the NBA’s hypocritical relationship with China matter? And how are Disney & ESPN complicit in bending the knee to a communist country & why does it matter too? Trust me & go listen to podcast with Missouri Senator @HawleyMO. You’ll be smarter: https://t.co/Crh56IPu5R— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 12, 2020