Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Edwards has apologized for posting a gay video on Instagram Stories and could be fined by the league for his actions.
The NBA may fine Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards for using homophobic language in a video he posted on social media.
The video captured Edwards discussing a group of people he saw on the street. He used derogatory words about them in the video, which was shown on Instagram Live and later deleted before making its way to other social media sites.
Edwards, who turned 21 last month, apologized on Sunday (Monday, September 12, Manila time).
“What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful, and I’m incredibly sorry,” Edwards wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “It is unacceptable for me or anyone else to use that language in such a harmful way, there is no reason for it.” I grew up better than that!”
In a statement Monday afternoon (Tuesday, September 13, Manila time), the group’s president, Tim Connelly, apologized to the community.
The statement read: “We are disappointed by the language and actions of Anthony Edwards on social media. The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and accepting organization and apologize for the offense this has caused to so many.
The NBA has disciplined players for anti-gay comments in the past.
In the year In December 2015, the NBA handed Rajon Rondo a one-game suspension.
In April 2021, the NBA fined Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant $50,000 for “offensive and offensive language on social media” that included an anti-gay slur.
The Timberwolves selected Edwards with the 1st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. In two seasons, he averaged 20.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 144 games (127 starts). – Rappler.com