NBA star Anthony Edwards is apologizing after posting a homophobic clip on Instagram in which he referred to a group of shirtless men as ‘queer a** n****s’.
- Anthony Edwards posted a video clip in which he made homophobic comments
- Timberwolves star calls group of shirtless men ‘queer a** n****s’ from his car
- Edwards apologized and said the comments were “immature” and “hurtful”
- It’s unclear whether he will be fined by the NBA or his team, but there is precedent
Minnesota Timberwolves basketball star Anthony Edwards has issued a scathing apology after posting a homophobic video on Instagram in which he referred to a group of men as “queer a** n****s.”
The NBA guard took to social media earlier in the week to post the clip from his car zooming in on a group of shirtless men on the sidewalk.
Commenting at the top of the clip, Edwards can be heard saying “Look at these queer a** n****s, man. Look at the world I have come into’ – but now he is silent on his words and apologized.
Posting on Twitter, the 21-year-old, who was the first pick in the 2020 Draft, told his 178,000 followers: “What I said was immature, offensive and disrespectful and I am incredibly sorry.
“It is unacceptable for me or anyone to use that language in such an offensive way, there is no excuse for it. I grew up better than that!’
Anthony Edwards posted a clip on Instagram of himself filming a group of shirtless men making a homophobic comment while a woman can be heard laughing.
Edwards has now issued an apology on his Twitter account, calling the comments “unacceptable”
NBA star Edwards, now 21, was drafted first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2020
At the time of writing, Edwards has yet to issue an apology on his Instagram account, where he has a much larger following of 1.2 million – and where the original homophobic clip was posted.
It’s not yet clear if Edwards will face any punishment from the Timberwolves or the NBA for his actions, but based on precedent he could be fined.
As reported by The Star Tribune, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 in April 2021 after actor Michael Rapoport shared screenshots detailing offensive statements Durant had made toward him.
Elsewhere, the likes of Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo have also been fined for using homophobic slurs during NBA games.
Timberwolves guard Edwards dribbles the ball during a game against the Orlando Magic
It is not yet clear whether Edwards will be disciplined by the NBA for his online comments
In his career, Edwards is soon to enter his third NBA season after graduating from Georgia in 2020.
He was an NBA All-Rookie First Teamer in 2021 and played in 72 games for the Timberwolves in both 2020-21 and 2021-22, as well as six playoff games in 2022.
Those playoff runs came in a first-round loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, despite Edwards’ 30-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist, 2-steal, 2-block outing in Game 6.