Hawley also fired back at ESPN for suspending reporter Adrian Wojnarowski after he responded to an email from Hawley’s press office with an expletive. Hawley said Wojnarowski’s suspension was a distraction and he should be reinstated. “They don’t want to address the core issue, which is the NBA’s relationship with China. ESPN has a slice of that pie,” the senator said.
With even LeBron James tweeting, “#FreeWoj,” there is a time table for ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski’s return. Wojnarowski’s unpaid suspension will be for two weeks, The Post has learned.
Wojnarowski, 51, has received support from ESPN management, who, according to sources, have expressed disappointment, but have no plans to implement any further discipline. The situation has caused an unneeded headache for executives as the network struggles without sports. Behind the scenes, Wojnarowski has expressed contrition to his bosses, expressing he was wrong to send the email.
ESPN suspended its top NBA reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, after he sent a profane email to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), multiple people familiar with the situation said Sunday. Wojnarowski had been scheduled to travel to Florida soon to cover the restart of the NBA season, but he will not make the trip as originally planned. He is still expected to be part of ESPN’s coverage of the resumption of play at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex outside Orlando — but at a later date. His suspension is between one and two weeks, according to those same people.
According to a person with knowledge of the exchange, Wojnarowski made attempts to contact Hawley’s office Friday to apologize but did not hear back. Hawley’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Hawley tweeted Sunday that ESPN shouldn’t have suspended Wojnarowski and instead should do more reporting on China’s relationship with the NBA.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been suspended by ESPN for sending “fuck you” in response to an email from Missouri senator Josh Hawley about the NBA and China, sources tell Outkick. At press time, we were unable to determine the length of the suspension for the NBA insider as it’s being held close to the vest.
Andrew Marchand: NEWS: Woj has been suspended without by ESPN, The Post has learned. @sportsrapport first on suspension. The without pay part is new information.
Hawley wrote an open letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Friday criticizing the league's relationship with China and calling on the league to allow messages in support of police, the military and Hong Kong protesters on player jerseys. The NBA is allowing players taking part in the season's restart to wear pre-approved messages in support of social justice on their nameplates in place of their last names. Responding to a press release emailed to him from Hawley's office regarding the letter, Wojnarowski, ESPN's chief NBA news-breaker, responded back: "(Expletive) you." Hawley took the response by "Woj" public, prompting an apology from Wojnarowski.
"I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake," Wojnarowski said in a statement Friday. "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."
August 15, 2022 | 6:14 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers have reached a settlement agreement on the grievance the All-Star guard filed to recoup a portion of the nearly $20 million withheld him as a result of his failure to play games in the 2021-2022 season. Story soon.
Adrian Wojnarowski: 76ers maintained Simmons breached his contract upon failing to show up for the start of training camp and refusing to play in preseason and regular season prior to trade to Nets. Simmons cited his mental health for the reason his participation in team activities was so limited.
Christos Tsaltas: Jeremy Sochan will not travel to Greece for the Acropolis Tournament with Polish National Team. He will not join Poland ahead of Eurobasket 2022. Big loss for Polish national team. Sochan has all the tools to shine in the NBA. #Gospursgo #KoszKadra
August 15, 2022 | 5:45 pm EDT Update
Andre Iguodala gave his perspective on Kevin Durant’s situation on the Point Forward podcast, naming the reasons why the two-time NBA champion Durant, who won both titles together with Iguodala on the Warriors, should stay in Brooklyn. “I think he should stay in Brooklyn, it’s such a big market, it’s good for the game and just figure out how to make it work like everybody grow up and make it work. That’s how I feel about the situation,” Iguodala shared his perspective.
Another reason why Durant should stay according to Iguodala is the length of the contract the 12-time NBA All-Star Durant is still on with the Nets. “This is a situation where it’s either, look, man just come out here and play or don’t play because you got 4 years, we got you for a while so it’s not like you’re on an expiring contract and then you can just take off a year and we just give up a year,” added Iguodala.
Though he sustained a lower right leg fracture that required surgery, the Nuggets have no intention of parting ways with two-way guard Collin Gillespie, a source said. Even though Gillespie will be out indefinitely as he recovers, the Nuggets were thrilled to reach a deal with him on draft night and intend to support him throughout his recovery. Gillespie had a productive Summer League and was a favorite of coach Michael Malone.
The Nuggets are hiring a slew of pro and college scouts, sources told The Denver Post. Drew Nicholas, a former scout for the Sixers and Celtics, will be the Nuggets’ new director of scouting and oversee the department. Mike Penberthy, formerly an assistant coach for the Lakers, will join the organization as a pro scout and shooting coach. Chad Iske, an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets, will also join as a pro scout, as will Jarrett Stephens.