It all started on Twitter with Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. He had some criticisms on the NBA’s decision to allow certain things on the back of jerseys, but not allow two certain things on the back of jerseys. First, he called for things like “free Hong Kong.” He called for this mainly because the NBA has made lots of money from China. He also called for allowing things like “Back the Blue” or “Support our Troops.” He not only wrote to Twitter, he also reached out to the NBA commissioner Adam Silver for details.
Adrian Wojnarowski, leading NBA insider for the top sports network ESPN, wrote to him on his thoughts on the Tweet.
Wow. Talk about passion. Regardless of how harmless the response may be, it’s not something you can do about the league you cover, especially on your work Email. The day after this all broke out, ESPN released a statement and so did Woj.
On Saturday night, ESPN took the next step by suspending him without pay from the company until further notice. This is big news considering that the NBA is just a little bit more than 2 weeks away and news is coming every day on league wide testing, practices and more.
NBA players are coming to the defense of Wojnarowski. Lou Williams, Patrick Beverly, Enes Kanter, and Isiaiah Thomas are just a few players that tweeted out #FreeWoj, the number one trending thing on Twitter right after the suspension. Not only NBA players made statements, but Maria Taylor, ESPN College Gameday reporter and ESPN studio host also said “I will always stand with you.”
Going forward, there is already discussing about a departure from ESPN for Woj. Public Speaker Gregory McKelvy makes a good point saying “Woj should actually just quit he already has proven it doesn’t matter where he is, he brings the goods. He did nothing wrong #FreeWoj.” So, that tweet is in favor of standing up for Woj, but he says the Woj can do his job just as well at any other company, or by himself, which is true.
Do you think ESPN will still be with Woj in the future? Let me know below in the comments!