Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media.
Anthony made anti-gay comments while observing a group of people standing on a sidewalk during a video he posted on his Instagram story last week. The video has since been deleted, and Anthony acknowledged that his actions were trash.
He also issued an apology on his Twitter account last Sunday following the incident.
“What I said was immature, hurtful and
disrespectful and I’m incredibly sorry,” he wrote. “It’s unacceptable for me to anyone to use that language in such a hurtful way, there’s no excuse for it, at all. I was raised better than that.”
Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar condemned Anthony for his actions. He said an apology isn’t good enough.
“It would be easy to dismiss Edwards’ immaturity-he’s only 21-if not for the fact that we’ve seen so many cases of famous athletes and owners in the news spouting racism, misogyny, and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments. This damages sports in general and their teams specifically, and revives the old stereotype of the dumb, bullying jock,”
“But more important, it perpetuates prejudice against a group and that prejudice often leads to restricting rights and to violence. I don’t think an apology-however heartfelt-is enough,” he continued.
“Edwards needs to repair the damage with some voluntary community service with LGBTQ+ organizations, particularly youth groups, to show his support. If he can’t do that much to undo the harm he’s caused, then his apology is meaningless.”