NBA star Anthony Edwards is fined $50K for chair-flipping incident: Timberwolves standout ‘recklessly’ swung a chair in frustration after missing key shot in April 25 playoff loss in Denver, injuring two women
- Edwards faces misdemeanor assault charges over the incident in Denver
- He swung a chair after the loss to the Nuggets, allegedly injuring two women
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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards has been fined $50,000 for ‘recklessly swinging a chair in frustration that struck two bystanders as he exited the court’ after a playoff game in Denver on April 25, NBA executive Joe Dumars announced Wednesday.
The incident occurred after Edwards missed the potential game-tying shot at the buzzer against the eventual-champion Nuggets. The former University of Georgia standout then ran down the tunnel before grabbing and swinging a chair, which injured two women working at Ball Arena, according to Denver police.
Edwards was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, which are misdemeanors.
However, Edwards’ lawyer Harvey Steinberg said his client will ‘vigorously defend’ himself against the charges.
‘With the game over, Anthony’s exit from the court was partially obstructed by a chair, which he moved and set down three steps later,’ Steinberg said in an April statement released by the team.
NBA star Anthony Edwards was cited for two cases of third-degree assault
‘As video of the incident confirms, Anthony did not swing the chair at anyone and of course did not intend to hurt anyone.
‘Anthony intends to vigorously defend against these baseless charges.’
If convicted, he could face up to 18 months in jail and/or $1,000 in fines.
Denver Police reportedly delayed the Timberwolves’ team bus from leaving in order to issue a citation for the assault charges to Edwards.
The following day, the team released a statement saying, ‘We are aware of the alleged incident regarding Anthony Edwards following Game 5 in Denver and are in the process of gathering more information, We have no further comment at this moment.’
The swingman missed the final shot that would have tied Game 5 and sent it to overtime
In 79 regular-season games (all starts), Edwards averaged 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 45.9 percent from the field.
Edwards started all five games of the Denver series and finished with averages of 31.6 points, 5.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds.
He is currently on Team USA’s roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
Edwards, 22, is on the verge of a massive contract extension. He is currently entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $13 million for the 2023-24 season.