Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for posting a homophobic clip on Instagram that called a group of shirtless men “queers.”

  • Anthony Edwards posted a video in which he made homophobic comments
  • The guard was fined $40,000 after an NBA review of the incident
  • The 21-year-old apologized shortly after the video was posted
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves also apologized for any offense Edwards caused

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards was fined $40,000 NBA for using homophobic language in an Instagram video the league announced.

Earlier this month, the security guard posted a video from his car on social media showing a group of shirtless men on the sidewalk.

Commenting at the top of the clip, Edwards can be heard saying, “Look at these amazing fools, man. Look at the world I’ve come into.’

League President of Operations Byron Spruell confirmed Tuesday that the NBA fined Edwards for “using offensive and derogatory language on social media.”

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

Edwards issued an apology shortly after the clip was posted and went viral on social media.

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

Placement on TwitterEdwards, who was the first overall pick in the 2020 draft, told his 178,000 followers: “What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful and I’m very sorry.

“It is unacceptable for me or anyone else to use this language in such an offensive way, there is no excuse for it. I was raised better than that!

The Timberwolves also apologized for the offense caused by Edwards’ actions, insisting the team is committed to inclusiveness.

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

Edwards has since issued an apology on his Twitter account, calling the comments “unacceptable”.

“We are disappointed by Anthony Edwards’ language and actions 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 caused to many.”

The league has previously fined players for using homophobic or offensive language.

According to The Star Tribune, in April 2021, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 after actor Michael Rapoport shared screenshots detailing Durant’s abusive language toward him.

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

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

Elsewhere, the likes of Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo have also been fined for homophobic slurs during NBA games.

In his career, Edwards will soon enter his third NBA season after graduating from Georgia in 2020.

He was a first-team All-NBA selection 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 games ended in a first-round loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, despite Edwards posting 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in Game 6.

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