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NBA hits Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards with $40,000 fine for criticizing referee

Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards has been slapped with a $40,000 fine by the NBA for his comments criticizing officiating after Monday’s 107-101 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Edwards, expressing frustration with the perceived lack of calls during the game, stated in an interview, “I’m gonna take the fine, because the refs did not give us no calls tonight.”

The Wolves’ rising star took issue with a no-call on a dunk where Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Thunder seemed to grab Edwards’ arm. While Edwards argued for the calls he believed his team deserved, the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report sided with the referees, deeming the contact as “marginal” and asserting that no foul should have been assessed.

Anthony Edwards’ comment caused a stir

Despite the apparent disparity in free throw attempts between the two teams, with the Wolves going 13/15 and the Thunder 17/22, Edwards’ comments after the game triggered the league’s response. The fine comes as a consequence of what the NBA deemed as “repeatedly publicly criticizing the officiating.”

The Timberwolves, boasting a 33-14 record, regained the top spot in the Western Conference after the win against the Thunder. Their next challenge comes against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Wednesday night.

This is not the first time Edwards has faced financial penalties from the NBA. Last season, he received a $50,000 fine for swinging a chair and making contact with bystanders after a playoff game. In 2022, he was fined $40,000 for posting a video on Instagram that contained a homophobic epithet.

Despite the fines, Edwards remains a crucial part of the Timberwolves’ lineup, signing a five-year contract extension worth up to $260 million with the team last offseason. His growth and contributions on the court continue to play a pivotal role in Minnesota’s success this season.

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