Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards issued an apology on Twitter Sunday (Sept. 11) for homophobic comments he made in a video posted to his social media account.
"What I said was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful, and I'm incredibly sorry," Edwards tweeted. "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!"
Edwards, 21, deleted the offensive video, which went viral Sunday afternoon, from his Instagram story, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Social media users copied and shared the video, prompting Edwards to respond with an apology to the backlash.
The footage, recorded at night from inside a car, zooms in on a group of people standing on a sidewalk. Edwards is heard calling them “queer,” adding, “look what the world done came to, bruh.” A woman’s voice responds to his comments with laughter.
If the past is any indication, the NBA will likely discipline Edwards. In 2021, the league fined Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant $50,000 for derogatory comments. In 2015, Sacramento Kings player Rajon Rondo was suspended for leveling a homophobic slur at a referee.
Edwards is entering his third season with the Timberwolves, with training camp set to start Sept. 27. Expectations are high for the guard, who was picked number 1 by his team in the 2020 NBA draft. CBS Sports named Edwards, who has averaged over 20 points per game in his professional career, as one of the five players poised to become a first-time All-Star.