The Minnesota Timberwolves mentioned in a press release Monday they had been “disenchanted” in guard Anthony Edwards for anti-gay feedback he made in an Instagram video over the weekend.
“We’re disenchanted within the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media,” the group mentioned in a press release attributed to group president Tim Connelly that was launched Monday. “The Timberwolves are dedicated to being an inclusive and welcoming group for all and apologize for the offense this has brought about to so many.”
Edwards himself apologized for the video Sunday afternoon after it had circulated on social media.
“What I mentioned was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful, and I’m extremely sorry,” Edwards mentioned in a tweet posted mid-Sunday afternoon. “It’s unacceptable for me or anybody to make use of that language in such a hurtful means, there’s no excuse for it, in any respect. I used to be raised higher than that!”
Within the video, which has since been deleted, Edwards took a video of a gaggle of individuals standing on a sidewalk from contained in the automobile, and he used an anti-gay remark to explain them.
An NBA spokesperson mentioned the league is reviewing the matter.
The NBA has handed out fines for the usage of anti-gay language previously, together with a $50,000 tremendous to Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant final yr for utilizing “offensive and derogatory” language on social media, a $25,000 tremendous to Nikola Jokic for a remark he made throughout a postgame interview in 2018, and a $100,000 tremendous to Kobe Bryant for yelling an anti-gay slur at a referee in 2011.
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