The Minnesota Timberwolves rebuked star guard Anthony Edwards on Monday for homophobic comments he made in an Instagram video and later apologized for them.
“We are disappointed in the language and actions that Anthony Edwards has shown on social media,” basketball operations president Tim Connelly said in a statement distributed by the team. “The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organization for all and apologize for the offense this has caused so many.”
In the since-deleted post, Edwards picked up a group of men on a sidewalk from a vehicle he was in and made a derogatory, profane comment about what he believed to be their sexual orientation. He apologized on Twitter on Sunday.
“What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful and I am incredibly sorry. It is unacceptable that I or anyone should use this language in such a hurtful way,” Edwards tweeted. “There is absolutely no excuse for that. I was raised better!”
Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant are among the NBA players who have been penalized by the league in the past for using anti-gay language.