An ESPN reporter has apologized for cursing out a US senator in an email.
Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri posted on Twitter what appeared to be a screen grab of a two-word email reply from longtime NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, saying "f--- you."
Wojnarowski, a top reporter frequently cited for breaking news on trades and other transactions, later apologized in a tweet, saying it was a "regrettable mistake." ESPN said the stunt was "unacceptable," and said it was "addressing it directly with Adrian."
Wojnarowski sent the profane email in response to a press release from Hawley's office, in which Hawley criticized the NBA for limiting the messages players are permitted to wear on their uniforms during the league's restart at Disney World.
It was reported the league had approved about 30 messages that players could wear on their jerseys, many dealing with police brutality, including "Black Lives Matter," "Say Their Names," and "I Can't Breathe."
Earlier on Friday, Hawley released an open letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver asking that conservative-themed messages such as "Back the Blue," "Support Our Troops" and "God Bless America" be allowed on the uniforms.
"Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn," Hawley's tweet said. "It makes them real mad." His release said the league was "refusing to support" the military and law enforcement.
Wojnarowski said he was reaching out to Hawley to apologize.