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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski suspended after profane reply to senator

The suspension comes as the NBA nears its return to the court later this month.
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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)

While the NBA nears its return to action in Orlando, one of the top reporters covering the league is currently sidelined.

According to multiple reports, ESPN has suspended Adrian Wojnarowski, who took to Twitter on Friday to apologize for a profane email reply he sent to a United States senator. 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.

Wojnarowski's suspension will reportedly be unpaid and he is expected to return to work before the NBA's restart.

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