Basketball: A young NBA star sanctioned for homophobic remarks


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BasketballA young NBA star sanctioned for homophobic remarks

Minnesota young guard Anthony Edwards has been caught out for using homophobic language in a video posted on social media. He will have to pay a fine of 40,000 dollars.

Anthony Edwards has been playing in the NBA since 2020.

Anthony Edwards has been playing in the NBA since 2020.

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards will be fined $40,000 for his homophobic remarks in a video posted on social media last week, the NBA announced on Tuesday.

A few hours after the broadcast of this video, the rear of 21 years had apologized. “What I said was immature, hurtful and disrespectful and I am incredibly sorry. This is unacceptable […]there is no excuse, I was raised better than that.”

That didn’t stop the 21-year-old from being sanctioned. And to be criticized, in particular by the former champion and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “It would be easy to reduce this to the immaturity of Anthony Edwards, after all he is only 21 years old. The problem is that we have seen far too many famous sportsmen and owners (note: franchises) make headlines for venting their racism, sexism or homophobia. It is very damaging for sport in general, for the teams concerned, and it maintains the cliché of the stupid and wicked sportsman, ”he said on his blog.

“It maintains the cliché of the stupid and mean sportsman.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA MVP

One month before the start of the next season, the NBA is indeed shaken by the case of Robert Sarver, named after the owner of the Phoenix Suns, suspended for one year from all official activity by the body, for racist and misogynistic behavior. A sanction deemed largely insufficient by stars like LeBron James (Lakers) and Chris Paul, who plays for the Arizona team, officials – the vice-president of the Suns, the director of the players’ union – demanding his banishment from life.

In the past, the NBA has already sanctioned players for homophobic remarks, including Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant ($50,000 fine in 2021) or Rajon Rondo (one game suspension in 2015).

“The most serious thing is that this attitude contributes to the perpetual stigmatization of a group, and this stigma leads to a restriction of rights for the group concerned, subjected to violence. I don’t think even a sincere apology is enough. Edwards must repair his damage by working voluntarily in support groups for the LGBT community, especially aimed at young people. If he can’t do it, his apologies are worth nothing,” said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

(AFP)



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