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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards handed $40,000 fine by the NBA for homophobic video

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards fined $40,000 by NBA for posting homophobic Instagram clip referring to group of shirtless men as ‘queer a** n****s’

  • Anthony Edwards posted a video clip in which he made homophobic comments
  • The guard has been fined $40,000 after the NBA reviewed the incident
  • The 21-year-old issued a profuse apology shortly after the clip was published
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves also apologized for any offense Edwards caused

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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 zooming in on 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 issued the fine to Edwards for ‘using offensive and derogatory language on social media.’

The brief statement also revealed that the 21-year-old has admitted his actions were inappropriate.

Edwards issued a profanity-laced apology shortly after the clip was published 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

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for his use of homophobic language in an Instagram video

Anthony Edwards posted a clip on his Instagram filming a group of shirtless men

Anthony Edwards posted a clip on his Instagram filming a group of shirtless men

In the clip, he makes a homophobic comment while a woman can be heard laughing

In the clip, he makes a homophobic comment while a woman can be heard laughing

Edwards posted a clip on his Instagram where he filmed a group of shirtless men making a homophobic comment while a woman can be heard laughing

Taking to 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’m incredibly sorry.

‘It is unacceptable for me or anyone else to use that language in such a hurtful way, there is no excuse for it at all. I was brought up better than that!’

The Timberwolves also apologized for the offense Edwards’ actions have caused and insisted the team is committed to inclusivity.

Edwards has since issued an apology on his Twitter account, calling the comments 'unacceptable'

Edwards has since issued an apology on his Twitter account, calling the comments 'unacceptable'

Edwards has since issued an apology on his Twitter account, calling the comments ‘unacceptable’

“We are disappointed by the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media,” the team said in a statement attributed to team president Tim Connelly released Monday.

“The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organization for all and apologize for the offense this has caused to 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 made by Durant against him.

The Timberwolves also apologized for the offense the guards' actions have caused

The Timberwolves also apologized for the offense the guards' actions have caused

The Timberwolves also apologized for the offense the guards’ actions have caused

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 season in the NBA 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 both 2020–21 and 2021–22, as well as six playoff games in 2022.

Those playoff appearances came in a first-round loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, despite Edwards’ 30-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal and 2-block performance in Game 6.