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Anthony Edwards Slapped With $40K Fine For Homophobic Slur; “An Apology Isn’t Enough” Says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Previously this month American professional basketball player had ridiculed a group of men in an Instagram video of his page, referring to them as “queer ass”. The 21-year-old Edwards is heading into his third season in the NBA.

On Tuesday, NBA fined $40,000 to the Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards for homophobic comments he made on a post of his Instagram account.

The league’s president of operations Byron Spruell stated: “Edwards has been fined $40,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media.”

Earlier this month, Edwards had mocked a group of men in a video posted on his Instagram page, referring to them as “queer ass”.

Eventually the video was deleted before Edwards issued an apology.

In a statement, Edwards said, “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!”

Hall of Fame big man and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is stubborn that his apology of Edward is insufficient. The Timberwolves star needs to do much more to make up for his fault, according to Kareem.

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“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,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his Substack blog.

He continued, “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,” Abdul-Jabbar added.

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