Anthony Edwards, a guard with the Minnesota Timberwolves, was given a $40,000 fine by the NBA on Tuesday for using “offensive and insulting language” in a diatribe that he posted on social media the previous week.
In a video that he uploaded to social media, Edwards used language that was offensive to homosexuals.
On the video, Edwards can be heard talking about a group of males that he observed on the street. He spoke to them in a disparaging manner throughout the video, which was initially broadcast on Instagram Live but was then deleted before it could be shared on other social media platforms.
Edwards, who turned 21 just a few days ago, expressed his regret.
In a statement that was uploaded on Twitter, Edwards said, “What I said was immature, nasty, and disrespectful, and I’m deeply sorry,” and he apologized profusely. “It is unacceptable for me or anybody else to use that language in such a terrible way, and there is no explanation for it at all,” she said. I have a far higher moral standard than that!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is now in the Basketball Hall of Fame, was one of the people who commented on Monday that Edwards’ apology wasn’t sufficient.
On substack, Abdul-Jabbar stated, “I do not believe an apology, regardless of how earnest it may be, is sufficient.” To demonstrate his support for the LGBTQ+ community and to rectify the damage that has been done, Edwards could perform some volunteer community service with LGBTQ+ organizations, particularly youth groups. If he can’t make up for the damage he’s done in any significant way, then his apology is for nothing.
Edwards was chosen by the Timberwolves with the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, which was the overall selection. He has played in 144 games over the course of two seasons, averaging 20.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists throughout his career (127 starts).
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