Anthony Edwards fined $40,000 for offensive language on social media

Anthony Edwards fined $40,000 for offensive language on social media

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Anthony Edwards fined $40,000 for offensive language on social media

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Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
From Feb. 1 to the end of the regular season and in the playoffs, Anthony Edwards went 30-of-53 on his wide-open 3PAs (84.9 eFG%; #smallsample, but 🔥🔥). – 5:32 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Anthony Edwards fined $40,000 for using derogatory language on social media
cbssports.com/nba/news/antho…4:33 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Anthony Edwards fined $40,000 for homophobic language in Instagram story nba.nbcsports.com/2022/09/20/ant…3:33 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
NBA fines Anthony Edwards $40,000 for homophobic language on social media
sportando.basketball/en/nba-fines-a…2:37 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, the NBA announced today. – 2:36 PM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, the NBA announced. pic.twitter.com/MDs0noxib92:32 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, the NBA announced – 2:20 PM
Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Anthony Edwards fined by league for using gay slur si.com/nba/heat/miami…2:18 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
The NBA says they have fined Anthony Edwards $40,000 for using “offensive and derogatory” language in the video he posted to his Instagram on September 10th. – 2:18 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
The NBA has fined Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards $40,000 for “using offensive and derogatory language on social media,” the league announced. – 2:18 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
NBA has fined Anthony Edwards $40,000 for ‘using offensive and derogatory language on social media,’ league says. Full statement here, which includes note that Edwards has acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate: pic.twitter.com/h3NDZazKTe2:17 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
NBA announces that it issued Anthony Edwards a $40,000 fine for his anti-gay comments recently over an IG video – 2:16 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
The NBA has fined Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards $40,000. pic.twitter.com/jufROWKzaL2:15 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using homophobic language on social media. pic.twitter.com/ziYtzwWfRm2:15 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media. – 2:15 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The NBA announced Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media. – 2:15 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
NBA fines Anthony Edwards $40,000 “offensive and derogatory language on social media.” pic.twitter.com/KLYkyY9IxI2:15 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media. – 2:15 PM

More on this storyline

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. 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. -via Substack / September 19, 2022
While waiting for a flight last weekend, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve opened Twitter and saw Anthony Edwards’ name trending. She clicked to see why. Reeve looked at the viral snippet in which the Timberwolves guard made homophobic comments in his Instagram video as he observed a group of men on a nearby sidewalk. The video reminded Reeve of a darker time in her life, of the years she was closeted and did not want to live her life openly out of fear she would hear hurtful language like Edwards used. -via Minneapolis Star-Tribune / September 16, 2022
“My journey was one of a more closeted nature for fear of retribution, and things being held against you, of not feeling safe, and so that’s honestly what I thought of,” Reeve told the Star Tribune from Australia, where she is coaching the U.S. Women’s National Team. “How much an incident like that can be so destructive in progress that we’ve made during the course of my lifetime. Frankly, it’s irresponsible and it puts people in danger. … We often live in fear.” -via Minneapolis Star-Tribune / September 16, 2022

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