Cheryl Reeve on Anthony Edwards’ homophobic video: ‘That was pretty hurtful’

While ready for a flight final weekend, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve opened Twitter and noticed Anthony Edwards’ identify trending. She clicked to see why.

Reeve seemed on the viral snippet through which the Timberwolves guard made homophobic feedback in his Instagram video as he noticed a bunch of males on a close-by sidewalk.

The video reminded Reeve of a darker time in her life, of the years she was closeted and didn’t wish to reside her life overtly out of concern she would hear hurtful language like Edwards used, that she would possibly encounter folks whose attitudes mirrored these feedback and that individuals would possibly suppose it is OK to make use of phrases and actions to hurt LGBTQ+ folks.

“My journey was certainly one of a extra closeted nature for concern of retribution, and issues being held towards you, of not feeling protected, and in order that’s truthfully what I considered,” Reeve instructed the Star Tribune from Australia, the place she is teaching the US Women’s National Team. “How a lot an incident like that may be so damaging in progress that we have made in the course of the course of my lifetime. Frankly, it is irresponsible and it places folks at risk. … We typically reside in concern.”

The sting of seeing it hasn’t gone away almost every week after she first considered it. Reeve, who is among the most essential folks within the Wolves and Lynx group and one of the crucial outstanding LGBTQ+ folks in skilled basketball, stated Edwards’ phrases can have a profound affect on others within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, particularly youth. The group and Edwards have a protracted highway forward to restore the harm triggered — work past an apology, which Edwards issued by way of a tweet.

“These moments are an actual reminder for a way a lot work is left to be executed. I believe clearly it is hurtful. The [organization is] going to be there for Anthony. I wish to warning them from prioritizing Anthony over the LGBTQ+ neighborhood he offended. That is basically essential to me.”

The 21-year-old Edwards has performed the previous two seasons for the Wolves after one collegiate 12 months at Georgia; he’s a local of Atlanta and had a supporting function within the Adam Sandler movie “Hustle,” launched earlier this 12 months.

Although Edwards deleted his Instagram video, customers on Twitter nonetheless recorded it and handed it across the platform. In the video, Edwards feedback on what he assumes is the group’s sexual orientation from the best way they had been dressed, utilizing the phrase “queer” in a derogatory method. He then says, “Look what the world has come to, bruh.”

Reeve cannot get that final sentence out of her head — “That retains ringing in my ears. That’s a tricky one.”

That made Reeve, who’s married to Lynx president of enterprise operations Carley Knox, involved that what Edwards stated was greater than a joke.

“That one type of crosses it into, ‘Is hatred on his coronary heart?’ Reeve stated. “That appears to push it in direction of a extra homophobic mindset. That was tougher for me. That was pretty hurtful.”

Reeve additionally stated the “actually regarding half” was the “premeditated nature” of what Edwards did — that Edwards needed to suppose to drag out his telephone, file the boys whereas making feedback after which add it to his Instagram.

“At no cut-off date did he suppose that might be problematic,” Reeve stated. “It simply reveals an actual ignorance and insensitivity.”

She stated the feedback could be particularly hurtful in direction of LGBTQ+ youth who look as much as Edwards, and who would possibly now suppose certainly one of their favourite basketball gamers may not be OK with who they’re.

“Those who could have seemed as much as him, after which now hear these very hurtful phrases, they might suppose they are not worthy as a result of Anthony Edwards stated these issues,” Reeve stated. “… He wants to grasp that. I might hope that is one thing he would wish to attempt to see exterior of himself.”

Reeve stated she did not know Edwards very nicely besides to say good day now and again on the Wolves and Lynx joint apply facility. The 55-year-old coach is pleased with the progress the Lynx and Wolves have made in selling variety inside and outdoors the group. She stated it should now assist Edwards understand why what he stated was so hurtful to a marginalized group of individuals and make that the main target in coping with the scenario, not Edwards’ public picture.

She stated a positive from the NBA can be “applicable.” She additionally stated she hoped there can be some type of “outreach” with Edwards in direction of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, that he would educate himself extra about LGBTQ+ folks, that there can be a “sizable donation” to pertinent charities and that Edwards converse extra straight about his true emotions.

“By now, Anthony Edwards must be going through publicly, not behind his telephone, however publicly, an apology, so all of us can perceive,” Reeve stated. “That can be step one I might encourage him to take.”

With that effort, Edwards may create some good out of the scenario. For now, there may be quite a lot of disappointment and damage Reeve and others really feel.

“It simply units us again very, very far,” Reeve stated. “It’s a really antiquated view and it was very immature.”

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