Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards was fined $40,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for homophobic comments he made on social media.
The league announced the punishment for Edwards’ use of “offensive and derogatory language” in a deleted Instagram video posted to his more than 1 million followers. He later apologized for the post.
Edwards recorded a group of men on a sidewalk and could be heard making a derogatory and profane comment about what he assumed was their sexual orientation. He posted an apology on Twitter shortly afterwards, and the Timberwolves issued a statement berating the 22-year-old.
“What I said was immature, offensive and disrespectful, and I’m sorry. It is unacceptable for me or anyone to use such language in such an offensive way,” Edwards tweeted last week. “There is no excuse for that at all. I was raised better than that!”
Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant are among NBA players who have been punished by the league in the past for homophobic language.
The first overall pick in the 2020 draft, Edwards was Minnesota’s second-highest scorer last season, averaging 21.3 points per game, which ranked 19th in the league. His average of 1.5 steals per game was 13th in the NBA.