Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 (approx. This was revealed by the NBA, Tuesday (20/9).
NBA head of league operations Byron Spruell said Edwards was fined for using « offensive and derogatory language ».
The 21-year-old made fun of a group of men in a video posted on his Instagram page earlier this month, calling them ‘queer ass’. Queer is often associated with derogatory terms to homosexuals.
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The video was later removed and Edwards issued an apology.
« What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful, and I am deeply sorry, » Edwards said in a statement.
« It is unacceptable that I have used the language in such a painful way, there is absolutely no reason for that, » he continued.
The No.1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft is one of a number of basketball players who have been fined by the NBA for using offensive language.
In 2021, Kevin Durant was fined US$50,000 for profanity against actor Michael Rapaport, while the late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was fined US$100,000 in 2011 for making anti-gay slurs against an official. (Ant/OL-1)