Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards was fined $40,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for homophobic comments on social media.
The league later announced the punishment for Edwards’ use of “objectionable and abusive language” in a deleted Instagram video, for which he later apologized.
Edwards recorded a group of men on the sidewalk from a vehicle he was in and could be heard making derogatory and profane remarks about his sexual orientation. Shortly after, he posted an apology on Twitter, and the Timberwolves issued a statement rebuking their young star.
“What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful, and I am incredibly sorry. It is unacceptable for me or anyone else to use such hurtful language,” Edwards tweeted last week. “There’s no excuse for it. I was raised better than that.”
Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant are among NBA players who have been disciplined by the league for anti-gay language in the past.
The first overall pick in the 2020 draft, Edwards was Minnesota’s second leading scorer last season, averaging 21.3 points per game, ranking 19th in the league. His average of 1.5 steals per game was 13th in the NBA.