NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards fined for making homophobic comments

President of League Operations confirmed that the NBA had issued the fine to Edwards for 'using offensive and derogatory language on social media'.

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 21 September 2022 01:35 PM

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The NBA announced a $40,000 fine on Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards for the use of anti-gay comments on social media. Edwards deleted his homophobic story from Instagram before issuing an apology on social media last Sunday.

Edwards posted an Instagram story of a group of men on a sidewalk from his vehicle and appeared to make homophobic comment after conjecturing their sexual orientation.

On Tuesday, the President of NBA League Operations, Byron Spruell confirmed that the NBA had issued the fine to Edwards for 'using offensive and derogatory language on social media'.

Edwards issued a statement on Twitter, "What I said was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful, and 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. I was raised better than that!"

Last week, his team Timberwolves also expressed their disappointment with the 22-year-old's comment in a statement, "We are disappointed in the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media."

Earlier, Kobe Bryant ( $100,000 ), Kevin Durant ( $50,000 ) and Rajon Rondo (one game and  $25,000 ) are among few NBA stars, who have been fined for using homophobic slurs and the NBA Hall of Famer,  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has also condoned Anthony Edwards ' remarks.

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