Sheryl Reeve on Anthony Edwards’ homophobic video: ‘It was so painful’

While waiting for last weekend’s flight, Lynx coach Sheryl Reeve opened up on Twitter and saw Anthony Edwards’ name trending. You clicked to see why.

Reeve looked at the viral excerpt in which a Timberwolves guard made anti-gay comments in his Instagram video as he noticed a group of men on a nearby sidewalk.

The video reminded Reeve of a darker time in her life, of the years she was closed off and didn’t want to live her life openly for fear of hearing hurtful language like Edwards used, and that she might encounter people whose attitudes mirror those comments and people might think it’s OK to use words and actions to harm LGBT people.

Reeve told Australia’s Star Tribune where she was coaching the US women’s national team. “How absolutely devastating an incident like this can be for the progress we’ve made during my lifetime. Frankly, it’s irresponsible and puts people at risk….we often live in fear.”

The sting from seeing her did not go away nearly a week after she was first seen. Reeve, a key figure in the Wolves and Lynx organization and one of the most prominent LGBTQ+ people in professional basketball, said Edwards’ words can have a profound impact on others in the LGBTQ+ community, especially young adults. The organization and Edwards have a long way to go to repair the damage done – work next An apology, Edwards issued via a tweet.

“These moments are a true reminder of how much work remains to be done. I think it is clearly painful [organization is] He will be there for Anthony. I want to warn them not to prioritize Anthony over the LGBTQ+ community they offended. This is really important to me.”

The 21-year-old Edwards has played the past two seasons with Wolves after one year in Georgia. He is a native of Atlanta and played a supporting role in Adam Sandler’s “Hustle,” which was released earlier this year.

Although Edwards deleted his Instagram video, users on Twitter continued to record and transmit it across the platform. In the video, Edwards comments on the group’s supposed sexual orientation from the way they dress, using the word “queer” in a derogatory way. Then he said, “Look what the world has done, brother.”

Reeve can’t get the last sentence out of her head – “This keeps ringing in my ears. It’s hard.”

That made Reeve, who is married to Carly Knox, head of business operations at Lynx, worry that what Edwards said was more than a joke.

This kind of crossed him into, ‘Is hatred on his heart?’ ‘ said Reeve. “This seems to push her towards a more anti-gay mentality. That was the hardest for me. It was so painful.”

Reeve also said that the “really worrisome part” was the “deliberate nature” of what Edwards did – that Edwards had to consider pulling out his phone and recording the men making comments and then uploading it to his Instagram.

“Never did he think that would be a problem,” Reeve said. “It just shows true ignorance and insensitivity.”

She said the comments could be particularly hurtful towards LGBTQ+ guys looking forward to Edwards, who may now think that one of their favorite basketball players might not be okay with their identity.

“Those who might have looked at him, and then now hear those very hurtful words, might think they were not worthy because Anthony Edwards said those things,” Reeve said. “…He should understand that. I hope this is something he wants to try to see outside of himself.”

Reeve said she doesn’t know Edwards well except to say hello from time to time at the Wolves and Lynx combined training facility. The 55-year-old coach is proud of the progress Lynx and Wolves have made in promoting diversity both inside and outside the organization. She said he should now help Edwards realize why what he said hurt a marginalized group of people and make that the focus of dealing with the situation, not Edwards’ overall image.

She said a fine from the NBA would be “appropriate”. She also said that she hopes to have some kind of “communication” with her Edwards toward the LGBTQ+ communityThat he would educate himself more about LGBTQ+, that there would be a “big donation” to related charities and that Edwards spoke more directly about his true feelings.

“Right now, Anthony Edwards should be facing a public apology, not behind his phone, but publicly, so that we can all understand that,” Reeve said. This will be the first step I would encourage him to take.”

With that effort, Edwards could create some good out of the situation. Right now, there is a lot of disappointment and hurt that Reeve and the others are feeling.

“It takes us way back in time,” Reeve said. “It’s a very old sight and not very mature.”

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