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Senator Josh Hawley Wants Action, Not Apologies For Woj F-Bomb

Senator Josh Hawley told Outkick.com this afternoon that he’s not looking for ESPN or its superstar NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski to apologize for his profane email response to the Republican lawmaker’s letter questioning the league’s social justice messaging.

“No, 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,” Hawley said. “But maybe ESPN won’t say anything because they benefit from the NBA’s global presence. Until ESPN speaks out, all they are really doing is enabling the Chinese Communist Party to stifle free speech in America.”

Friday morning Hawley shared with the media the letter he wrote to NBA commissioner Adam Silver that asked the league to approve messaging on the back of player jerseys that supported police officers, freedom protesters in Hong Kong and American patriotism. The NBA has sanctioned its players to choose messaging consistent with the Black Lives Matter protest movement. 

Wojnarowski, the league’s top insider, responded to Hawley’s letter with a 2-word email reply: “Fuck You.” Hawley shared Wojnarowski’s email via Twitter. Wojnarowski has yet to respond to an Outkick request for comment.

Wojnarowski issued an apology on Twitter.

Hawley told Outkick that a number of lawmakers share his concern over the NBA’s relationship with China. The junior senator from Missouri blamed the media for failing to properly educate the public about the dangers of China’s influence. 

“I think normal Americans get it, but the media and the corporate class want to look the other way,” Hawley said. “Normal, working Americans have understood at a gut level for years the threat from China, including the threat to our jobs. It’s the political establishment and the corporate class that kowtow to China.”

Hawley’s letter to Silver included this passage:

“The truth is that your decisions about which messages to allow and which to censor — much like the censoring decisions of the CCP — are themselves statements about your association’s values. If I am right — if the NBA is more committed to promoting the CCP’s interests than to celebrating its home nation — your fans deserve to know that is your view. If not, prove me wrong. Let your players stand up for the Uighurs and the people of Hong Kong. Let them stand up for American law enforcement if they so choose. Give them the choice to write “Back the Blue” on their jerseys. Or “Support our Troops.” Maybe “God Bless America.” What could be more American than that?”

You can read Sen. Hawley’s full statement here.

Written by Jason Whitlock

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  1. ESPN is a joke!

    Woj just showed who he is and who 99% of the people that work at ESPN are. Clay and Jason are so important as an alternative to these jackasses.

    Unfortunately professional sports will be unwatchable for this season (assuming there even are sports this year).

    Thank God for Outkick!

  2. Hey Jason,
    Good that Senator Hawley got his concerns on the record. Whether Adam Silver replies or not, there’s a paper trail. The commish strikes me as a guy who doesn’t like to be confronted with moral and ethical dilemmas. Thanks as always!!!
    Rick

  3. Remember when people used to be brave enough to stand up to something different than the “accepted norm” or side? It feels like no one today will express a view from the other side if it’s not down party lines. For example, is there anyone at ESPN brave enough to come out and say “hey, I actually kind of agree with what the senator is saying”? It’s like they start to work there and become so big and blind that they are just turned into sheep that can’t possibly defect. And it could be a culture where it’s an awesome job you don’t want to lose, so you don’t dare step out of line… that would suck and be pretty sad for America

  4. I have the utmost respect for Senator Hawley. The NBA’s values do align with those of the CCP as Adam Silver said in his interview with Time. It is sad that in America different opinions are shouted down as either racist or just dismissed with a fuck you.

  5. I don’t see Silver responding here. Not responding to a letter from a U.S. Senator is hard to fathom, but what would Silver say? And his silence is assent to the notion that the NBA supports Communist China, but hates the United States, hates the police, hates capitalism (except for itself) and hates anyone in this country with even remotely traditional values.

    I find the NBA boring. Anytime in the past when Cowherd or Clay or anyone else started talking about the NBA in terms of just basketball, I would immediately change the channel, which I will do again once the NBA starts playing again. But I think there are enough ignoramuses out there for the NBA to survive just fine without any thinking person supporting the league.

    • It will survive because there are plenty of white liberals around, but make no mistake, it will suffer. The game has turned into a 3 point contest, it lacks competition, the officials don’t enforce the rules, and load management is widespread. It was a dying league before its woke political statements.

  6. SFY is nothing without JW. He brings balance to the leftists at ESPN. Skip and Marblemouth are unwatchable. Colin is good but his show is repetitive. The Woj thing is indicative of that network. He’s really just a blip.

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