NBA guard Anthony Edwards quickly backtracked and issued a groveling apology after posting a very brief video on Instagram where he referred to a group of shirtless black men as “queer a** n****s.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves basketball star’s video was immediately labeled homophobic.
“Look at these queer a** n****s, man. Look at the world I came to,” he commented during the clip recorded from his car.
The 21-year-old basketball sensation would go on to apologize to his 178,000 followers via Twitter, saying, “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 forgot to hop on his burner 😭 pic.twitter.com/RQfUWEvpWX
— Drew (@PGSupremacy) September 11, 2022
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
No word has come down from the Timberwolves yet on whether he will face disciplinary action for the post. Like others, he could face a fine as a penalty for his actions.
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant was hit with a $50,000 fine in April 2021 after actor Michael Rapaport aired screenshots highlighting offensive statements he had made toward him. Edwards could face a similar fate.
Other stars such as Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo were fined for the use of homophobic slurs during NBA games.
Edwards is about to play in his third season in the NBA since graduating from Georgia in 2020. The guard was an NBA All-Rookie First Teamer in 2021 and played in 72 games for the Timberwolves in 2020-21 and 2021-22, as well as six playoff games in 2022.
In 2021, Edwards averaged 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting at a 35.7% clip from 3-point range, according to ClutchPoints.
Reaction was all over the place after the clip went viral.
“U all good ant u took accountability,” one fan commented.
U all good ant u took accountability
— 𝙀 𝙫 🐺 (@yrnevan_) September 11, 2022
“apologizing for a joke is a L,” another person remarked.
apologizing for a joke is a L
— Cocky not Arrogant, Hakeem over Kareem (@not_brezzy) September 11, 2022
One individual tweeted, “Obviously YOU weren’t raised better than that. Condolences.”
Obviously YOU weren’t raised better than that. Condolences
— IrmaMarie (@IRMAMARIE1212) September 11, 2022
“It’s okay dawg we know you ain’t mean to disrespect no one chin up lad,” a fan stated.
It’s okay dawg we know you ain’t mean to disrespect no one chin up lad
— Abz 🐺🦍 (@Abz_Swervo22) September 11, 2022
“Think about the young Wolves fan who saw their favorite making fun of someone for being gay. Not cool, man,” one person admonished.
Think about the young Wolves fan who saw their favorite making fun of someone for being gay. Not cool, man.
— Sebastian (@SebashMPLS) September 11, 2022
“Appreciate that there is no obligatory ‘if I offended anyone’. This is a legitimate apology without the usual caveats,” another fan noted.
Appreciate that there is no obligatory “if I offended anyone”. This is a legitimate apology without the usual caveats.
— Jonathan Straka (@jjstraka34) September 11, 2022
Many took offense to the comments by Edwards but a large contingent of his fans didn’t think an apology was warranted over the video. In the end, it is likely to hit him in the pocketbook.
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