Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves apologized Sunday for anti-LGBTQ remarks he made in a video posted to Instagram over the weekend.
Within the now-deleted video, Edwards, 21, rolls down a automotive window and calls a gaggle of shirtless males “queer” as one other particular person within the automotive laughs within the background. After a wave of backlash on social media, Edwards mentioned he was “extremely sorry.”
“What I mentioned was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful, and I’m extremely sorry,” Edwards tweeted Sunday. “It’s unacceptable for me or anybody to make use of that language in such a hurtful method, there’s no excuse for it, in any respect. I used to be raised higher than that!”
The NBA may nice Edwards due to the incident, which most probably violates its social media pointers. Final yr, NBA star Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 for utilizing “offensive and derogatory language on social media” after a homophobic rant. In 2011, the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah was fined an identical quantity for hurling an anti-gay slur at a fan.
Edwards is coming into his third season as a taking pictures guard for the Timberwolves.
The NBA is reviewing the matter, the league’s spokesman, Mike Bass, informed NBC Information in an e mail.
The Timberwolves reprimanded Edwards in a press release distributed by the crew on Monday.
“We’re disillusioned within the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media,” the crew’s president of basketball operations, Tim Connelly, mentioned within the assertion. “The Timberwolves are dedicated to being an inclusive and welcoming group for all and apologize for the offense this has precipitated to so many.”
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