Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 by the NBA for homophobic comments on social media.
The league announced Edwards’ punishment for using “objectionable and abusive language” in a deleted Instagram video on Tuesday, for which he later apologized.
Edwards recorded a group of men on the sidewalk from their vehicle and were heard making derogatory and profane remarks about their sexual orientation. Soon after, he posted an apology on Twitter, and the Timberwolves rebuked the player in a statement.
“What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful and I am very sorry. It is unacceptable for me or anyone to use such language in a hurtful manner,” Edwards posted last week. “There is no room for apology. I was brought up better than this.”
Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant are among NBA players punished by the league for their anti-gay language.
Edwards, the first pick in the 2020 draft, was Minnesota’s second leading scorer last season. He averaged 21.3 points per game to finish 19th in the league. He also averaged 1.5 steals to finish 13th overall.