Adrian Wojnarowski returns to Twitter as ESPN suspension reportedly comes to an end

Jack Baer
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Adrian Wojnarowski’s suspension appears to have come to an end.

The ESPN newsbreaker returned to Twitter on Friday, posting his first piece of news, a foot injury to Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis, since he was suspended two weeks ago.

Wojnarowski’s return will reportedly land him in the Disney World bubble, but ESPN is still figuring out that timetable according to The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch. Like other reporters on site, Wojnarowski will likely have to quarantine for a week upon arrival.

ESPN originally suspended Wojnarowski without pay on July 11, a day after the reporter replied to a statement from U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) with “F--- you.” Hawley’s office wasted little time in posting a screengrab of Wojnarowski’s email.

With a return on Friday, Wojnarowski was sidelined two weeks since the release of the offending email.

Wojnarowski had been responding to a statement from Hawley blasting the NBA’s financial relationship with China and asking why the league didn’t allow players to wear phrases like “Support Our Troops” and “Back the Blue” on their jerseys for the 2020 season. Hawley isn’t the only Republican senator to go after the NBA over China in recent weeks, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer the U.S.

Woj apologized immediately to senator and ESPN

Soon after the email came to light, Wojnarowski posted an apology calling the email “disrespectful” and “a regrettable mistake.” He said he had reached out to Hawley immediately to apologize directly.

He did not tweet again until Friday.

The suspension came at an inconvenient time for covering basketball, as NBA players had already landed in Orlando with reporters soon to follow. NBA preseason games have since begun, but the league’s official July 30 return is still a week away.

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 31: A view of  a ESPN microphone before the NCAA Division I Women's Championship Elite Eight round basketball game between the Oregon Ducks and Mississippi State Bulldogs on March 31, 2019 at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Adrian Wojnarowski is headed to the NBA bubble. (Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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