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Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards Doubles Down After Big Fine for Criticizing Officials


If the NBA wasn’t a fan of Anthony Edwards publicly criticizing the officials earlier this week, it certainly won’t be thrilled with his response to the ensuing fine. 

After a 107–101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Jan. 29, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard went off on the refs both on the court and in a postgame interview.

The comments led to a $40k fine from the league, higher than normal $25k. Edwards was asked about the fine and happily doubled down on the topic.

“I don’t care about it. S—, it needed to be said. Like I said, I’ll take the fine. I’m OK with it,” Edwards said, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

And on the piece about receiving a higher fine than normal for criticizing the officials? Edwards touched on his initial “cheating” comments again.

“Yeah, probably because I said they was cheating,” Edwards said.

Edwards was first seen on the court yelling at the officials, calling them “cheating a– refs.” Then, during the postgame interview, he made sure his feelings on the situation were known by anyone watching.

“I don’t know. And I’m gonna take the fine, because the refs did not give us no calls tonight,” Edwards said to Lea B. Olsen of Bally Sports. We had to play through every bump, every grab. I don’t know. I don’t know how we won tonight. Big shoutout to my team, big shoutout to my coaches, for sure.”

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