The N.B.A. fined Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards $40,000 on Tuesday for anti-gay remarks that he made in an Instagram video circulated online this month.
In the video, which has since been deleted from his account, Edwards used homophobic language to describe a group of people he was filming as they stood on a sidewalk. Edwards has 1.2 million followers on Instagram.
The N.B.A. said that Edwards had been fined for using "offensive and derogatory language on social media." "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 said.
In 2021, for example, Kevin Durant of the Nets was fined $ 50,000 for using homophobic and misogynistic language in a private social media exchange with the actor Michael Rapaport, who then publicly shared screenshots of some of the conversation.
Anthony Edwards (II) has acknowledged his mistake after sharing a homophobic post. The professional basketball player has apologized after he came under fire for making controversial comments on his Instagram Story.
The Minnesota Timberwolves guard expressed his regret via Twitter on Sunday, September 11. Admitting what he said "was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful," he wrote, "I'm incredibly sorry. It's unacceptable for me or anyone to use that language in such a hurtful way. There's no excuse for it at all." He added, "I was raised better than that!"
Anthony Edwards apologized for his homophobic post.
The video is offensive and will not be posted here. Anthony previously offended people with his recent Story, which he filmed in a car. Passing a group of shirtless men sharing hugs on the sidewalk, he said in the video, "Look at these queer ass n****s, man. Look at the world I came to." There's a woman with him laughing in the passenger seat. He added in the caption, "Dese n***as different."
The 21-year-old athlete soon caught backlash for his controversial remarks, with one baffled user asking, "Man, why the hell would he post that?!" Another weighed in, "Nah, a lot of these guys know it's wrong. They think they are untouchable."
A third critic claimed, "He's an N.B.A. player, they're all like this, and most of them - I guarantee- is much, much worse." Another chimed in, "I always felt like he was gonna say some wild s**t eventually... I just didn't think it would be this." Someone else blasted Anthony, "Bro from Atlanta, you should have known better. Always fumbling the f**king bag, dammmit."