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 for which he later apologized.
Edwards recorded a group of men standing in the driveway of a vehicle he was in and could be heard making a derogatory and profane comment about what he assumed was his sexual orientation. He posted an apology on Twitter shortly after, and the Timberwolves issued a statement berating their young star, ‘What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful, and I’m sorry. It is unacceptable for me or anyone to use such language in such an offensive manner,” Edwards tweeted last week. “There’s no excuse for that. 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 anti-gay language.
The first overall pick in the 2020 draft, Edwards was Minnesota’s second leading 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.
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