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ESPN Condemns Tweet By Star NBA Reporter To US Senator, But Won’t Detail Punishment – Deadline

ESPN said an obscene tweet by star NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski to Republican US Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley was “completely unacceptable behavior” and promised internal discipline. The company statement came after Wojnarowski tweeted “F**k you” to H…

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ESPN said an obscene tweet by star NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski to Republican US Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley was “completely unacceptable behavior” and promised internal discipline.
The company statement came after Wojnarowski tweeted “F**k you” to Hawley, who asked in a tweet and letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver why NBA players were not allowed to put “Free Hong Kong,” “Support Our Troops,” “Back The Blue” and other conservative statements on their shirts.
The league and its players association have approved 29 social justice statements that players can optionally have on their shirts instead of their names for the reopened NBA season. The list includes phrases like “Black Lives Matter,” “Say Their Names,” and “I Can’t Breathe,” among others.
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The NBA will also have “Black Lives Matter” on its courts.
ESPN’s statement indicated that any discipline will not be made public. “This is completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it. It is inexcusable for anyone working for ESPN to respond in the way Adrian did to Senator Hawley. We are addressing it directly with Adrian and specifics of those conversations will remain internal.”
Wojnarowski also issued a statement apologizing for the tweet. Why he reacted so emotionally to the senator’s request is unclear.
“I was disrespectful and I made a regrettable mistake,’ Wojnarowski said in his statement. “I’m sorry for the way I handled myself and I am 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.”
Hawley said in a responding tweet that he didn’t want an apology fro mWojnarowski. Instead, he urged ESPN to “call out the NBA.”
“Don’t make @wojespn apologize. He’s just saying what he really thinks. Call out the @NBA. You know, your job.”

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Trail Blazers vs. Nets score: Portland clinches No. 8 seed in the West behind another big Damian Lillard night – CBSSports.com

The Blazers are the No. 8 seed heading into their play-in matchup with Memphis

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After months of planning, and two weeks of seeding games inside the NBA’s Disney World bubble, it all came down to the Portland Trail Blazers’ matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. And after an incredible back-and-forth game, the Blazers clinched a spot in the play-in series with a 134-133 win. Portland will now meet Memphis, and the Grizzlies have to beat the Blazers twice to advance to the first round to take on the Lakers. 
The situation was pretty simple. Win, and the Blazers ad…

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Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers escape with win vs. Nets to reach play-in round – ESPN

Damian Lillard finished with 42 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, as the Blazers battled to the wire against the Nets and prevailed to reach the play-in round.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ninety-one seconds into the fourth quarter of a game that would decide the Portland Trail Blazers’ fate, Damian Lillard took one step over half court and launched a 3-pointer that felt as though it traveled halfway to Oregon.
Like so many of Lillard’s other remarkable plays over the past two weeks, the ball dropped softly through the hoop. In response, the Brooklyn Nets called timeout. And while the Blazers still trailed by four at that point, it felt inevitable that L…

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Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits 3 home runs in a game for record-tying sixth time – ESPN

Mookie Betts hit three home runs against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, the sixth time in his career he has had three homers in a game. That ties him with Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize for the most such games in a career.

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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts hit three home runs within the first five innings of Thursday night’s 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres, giving him a record-tying six three-homer games in his career. The only other players in MLB history with six three-homer games are Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize.
Betts, who signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension right before the start of this shortened season, began with an opposite-field two-run home run on an outside-corner fastball …

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