Deadline Hollywood reports:
ESPN has suspended NBA star reporter Adrian Wojnarowski without pay, the result of an obscene message he tweeted in reply to US Senator Josh Hawley. Wojnarowski will not be in Orlando, Florida to cover the NBA restart of its pandemic-shortened season. The length of his suspension has not been revealed.
Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, sent a mass letter criticizing NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s relationship with China. He asked why “Free Hong Kong” and other conservative messages weren’t a part of the league’s initiative to allow players to put a social justice statement on their uniforms in place of their names.
On Friday, Hawley posted a screenshot Wojnarowski’s email on his Twitter feed, noting, “Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn. It makes them real mad.”
It appears as though @HawleyMO has touched many nerves. The shame of association with the CCP and it’s reckless negligence re virus (and not even mentioning the Uighur repression and the suppression of Hong Kong) triggers outbursts and attempts at deflection from the issues. https://t.co/EWGMYvET9S
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) July 10, 2020