NBA fines Anthony Edwards $40,000 for homophobic language on Instagram
9/21/2022 9:35:27 AM

NBA fined Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards $40,000 for making homophobic comments in a video on Instagram.

NBA announced on Sept. 20 that it handed out the fine to Edwards after he made anti-gay remarks in his Instagram story last week.

In the video, four shirtless men were seen standing together on a sidewalk. Edwards quickly rolled his window down and called the group "queer" in a derogatory manner.

The video has been deleted and Edwards issued an apology.

"What I said was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful and I'm incredibly sorry," Edwards said on Twitter on Sept. 12.

"It's unacceptable for me or anyone to use that language in such a hurtful way, there's no excuse for it, at all. I was raised better than that," Edwards added.

In a Sept. 12 statement, Minnesota Timberwolves expressed their disappointment with Edwards' behavior.

"We are disappointed in the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media," Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly said.

"The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organization for all and apologize for the offense this has caused to so many," Connelly further said.

Los Angeles Lakers icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said that Edwards' apology was not enough.

"It perpetuates prejudice against a group and that prejudice often leads to restricting rights and to violence. I don’t think an apology — however heartfelt —is enough," Abdul Jabbar wrote in his Substack.

The NBA has previously handed out fines to a number of high-profile players for their offensive language.

In 2021, the NBA fined Kevin Durant $50,000 after his private conversation containing misogynistic language with actor Michael Rapaport had been publicly shared.

Courtesy: Fourth Estate