Anthony Edwards was a fine of $40,000 by the NBA for his homophobic anti-gay language that he posted on his own social media.
In announcing the fine, the NBA continued the league’s mishandling of the situation by refusing to specifically call out overt homophobia or that the intended target of homophobia was the LGBT community, and gay people in particular.
Instead, the NBA opted for the generic, meaningless accusation of “using offensive and derogatory language on social media” that buries the underlying issues of said language.
The $40,000 fine is a headache. Other NBA players have been fined different levels based on… well, we have absolutely no idea. The whims of NBA front office executives?
The NBA was quick to say Edwards admitted what he did was wrong, while refusing to acknowledge what was wrong.
Under commissioner Adam Silver, the league has waved Pride rainbow flags but continues to miss the mark when it comes to substantive conversations. The NBA and the Minnesota Wolves have so far effectively swept that under the rug and missed another opportunity to do something meaningful, all to help one of their star players.
Is there still a possibility of doing something substantial? Absolutely. Will the NBA or the Timberwolves do this? It is more and more doubtful.