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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski apologizes after profane response to U.S. senator

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski took to Twitter to apologize for using an expletive while replying to an email from a United States senator on Friday.
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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on police use of force and community relations on on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool via AP)

Typically, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski takes to Twitter to share "Woj Bombs" -- breaking news regarding the NBA.

But on Friday, it was a different type of "bomb" that the top NBA reporter was addressing -- an "F-bomb."

After receiving an email from United States senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) blasting the NBA for only allowing pre-approved social justice slogans on its uniforms when it returns to action in Orlando later this month, Wojnarowski replied with just two words: "F--- you." Hawley -- who specifically asked why players won't be allowed to wear phrases such as “Support Our Troops” and “Back the Blue” and questioned the league's relationship with China -- proceeded to screenshot the reply and share it on social media, stating "Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn. It makes them real mad."

*Warning: Profane language*

After his response went viral, Wojnarowski took to Twitter to issue an apology.

"I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake," he wrote. "I'm sorry for the way I handled myself and I'm 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 also released a statement, calling Wojnarowski's response "completely unacceptable behavior."

After suspending its season on March 11 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the NBA is set to return with 22 teams playing an 8-game regular season in Orlando later this month, followed by a traditional postseason format.

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