NBA fines player Anthony Edwards $40,000 for using an anti-gay slur on Instagram

Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards Photo: All-Pro Reels/via Wikipedia

The NBA has fined basketball star Anthony Edwards $40,000 for using an anti-gay slur.

The player for the Minnesota Timberwolves found himself in hot water earlier this month after a video on his Instagram story depicted him mocking a group of men standing on the sidewalk. The video has since been deleted, but Edwards could reportedly be heard saying, “look at these queer a** n****rs.”

After backlash, he tweeted an apology, writing that what he said “was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful.”

“I’m incredibly sorry,” he continued. “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!”

NBA Communications confirmed Edwards’s fine in a statement released on social media which said he had used “offensive and derogatory language” and that “Edwards has acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate.”

Players have been fined before for using homophobic language.

In 2021, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was fined the largest amount permissible by the NBA for his direct messages to actor and comedian Michael Rapaport.

He used derogatory remarks — criticized as homophobic by some and acknowledged as “inappropriate” by Durant — toward Rapaport. As a result, the NBA announced a $50,000 fine levied against Durant, reportedly the most allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

Don't forget to share:

Support vital LGBTQ+ journalism

Reader contributions help keep LGBTQ Nation free, so that queer people get the news they need, with stories that mainstream media often leaves out. Can you contribute today?

Cancel anytime · Proudly LGBTQ+ owned and operated

Amazing teacher goes viral for passionate speech calling out policy to out transgender students

Previous article

UMass trolls conservative Liberty University by scheduling “Pride Day” for their game

Next article