NBA fines Anthony Edwards $40,000 for homophobic remarks

MInsane star Timberwolves Anthony Edwards was fined $40,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for homophobic comments he made on his Instagram account.

“Edwards was fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media,” Byron Spruellthe league’s president of operations said in a statement.

Two weeks earlier, the point guard, who turned 21 in August, posted an Instagram video filmed from a car showing a group of men standing in the street at night, some shirtless.

Edwards made homophobic remarks

In the now-deleted video, the 22-year-old calls a group of people outside “queer” as the camera zooms in on people inside a car. He can also be heard saying, “Look what the world has done bro” before the video ends. The post later went viral on Twitter, generating a wave of criticism.

Minnesota Timberwolves president Tim Connelly expressed utter disappointment with Anthony Edwards after the player made homophobic comments to the LGBTQ+ community in a video posted to his Instagram page over the weekend.

Edwards apologized to the LGBTQ+ community

After the harsh criticism he received from the public on social media, the Timberwolves player apologized.

“What I said was immature, offensive and disrespectful and I’m sorry,” he wrote on twitter. “It is unacceptable for me or anyone to use such language in such an offensive manner, there is no excuse for it. I was raised better than this!”

The point guard, who averaged 21.3 points per game last season, was selected with the first pick in the 2020 Draft and is one of NBA rising stars.

Edwards is also known for his supporting role in the popular movie ‘Hustle’, released this year and starring Adam Sandler and Spaniard Juancho Hernangomez, also an NBA player.

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