Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards was fined $40,000 by the NBA after "using offensive or derogatory language on social media," the league announced Tuesday.
Edwards came under fire Sept. 11, when he posted a video on Instagram in which he used a homophobic slur. Edwards quickly deleted the video. He later apologized for using "unacceptable" language. Edwards said it was "immature, hurtful and disrespectful" to use that word.
What I said was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful, and I’m incredibly sorry. It’s unacceptable for me or anyone to use that language in such a hurtful way, there’s no excuse for it, at all. I was raised better than that!
— Anthony Edwards (@theantedwards_) September 11, 2022
The NBA's statement referenced Edwards' apology, saying he "has acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate."
The Timberwolves selected Edwards with the first pick in the 2020 NBA draft. He averaged 21.3 points and 4.8 rebounds last season.