Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards is fined $40,000 by the NBA for posting a homophobic clip on Instagram that refers to a group of shirtless men as ‘queer a**n****s’ ‘
- Anthony Edwards published a video clip in which he made homophobic comments
- The guard was fined $40,000 after the NBA reviewed the incident.
- The 21-year-old issued a humiliating apology shortly after the clip was posted.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves also apologized for any offense caused by Edwards.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for his use of homophobic language in an Instagram video the league announced.
The guard took to social media earlier this month to post the clip from his car, in which he approaches a group of shirtless men on the sidewalk.
Commenting over the top of the clip, Edwards can be heard saying ‘Look at these queer a**n****s, man. Look at the world I came to.
President of league operations Byron Spruell confirmed Tuesday that the NBA had fined Edwards for “using offensive and derogatory language on social media.”
The brief statement also revealed that the 21-year-old acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate.
Edwards issued a humiliating apology shortly after the clip was posted and circulated on social media.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for his use of homophobic language in an Instagram video.
Edwards posted a clip to his Instagram of himself filming a group of shirtless men, in which he made a homophobic comment as a woman was heard laughing.
Posting on Twitter, Edwards, who was the first pick in the 2020 Draft, told his 178,000 followers: ‘What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful, and I am so sorry.
‘It is unacceptable for me or anyone else to use such language in such a hurtful way, there is no excuse for it at all. I was raised better than that!
The Timberwolves also apologized for the offense Edwards’ actions caused, insisting the team is committed to inclusion.
Edwards has since issued an apology on his Twitter account, calling the comments “unacceptable.”
“We are disappointed in the language and actions that Anthony Edwards displayed on social media,” the team said in a statement attributed to team president Tim Connelly that was released Monday.
“The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organization for all and apologize for the offense this has caused so many.”
The league has previously fined players for using homophobic or offensive language.
As reported by The Star Tribune, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 in April 2021 after actor Michael Rapoport shared screenshots detailing offensive statements Durant had made to him.
The Timberwolves also apologized for the offense caused by the guards’ actions.
Elsewhere, the likes of Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo have also been fined for using homophobic slurs during NBA games.
In his career, Edwards will soon enter his third NBA season after graduating from Georgia in 2020.
He was an NBA All-Rookie First Teamer in 2021 and played in 72 games for the Timberwolves in 2020-21 and 2021-22, as well as six playoff games in 2022.
Those playoff games came in a first-round loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, despite Edwards’ 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in Game 6.