Anthony Edwards cited for third-degree assault, Denver police say

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been cited in Denver for third-degree assault after allegedly swinging a folding chair that struck two women after the deciding Tuesday night playoff game against the Nuggets.

“It was reported to Denver Police that while Edwards was walking from the court to the locker room at the conclusion of the game, he swung a folding chair and struck two women who were working at the time,” Denver police said in a statement.

Both women were injured, police said, and the injuries were described as “not serious.”

Edwards took the final shot of the game, a 112-109 Denver Nuggets win, and he missed what would have been a tying three-point basket to send the game into overtime. Edwards immediately ran off the court and into a locker room passageway after the failed shot.

Third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, is described as “knowingly or recklessly” causing bodily injury. Edwards is scheduled for a June 9 court appearance.

The Timberwolves, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said they were “aware of the alleged incident” and “in the process of gathering more information.” The club had no further comment, according to the Associated Press. Timberwolves players and team officials were scheduled to hold season-ending news conferences this week.

Edwards was fined $40,000 by the NBA for homophobic comments he made in a video posted to his Instagram account shortly before the season began. He recorded a group of men on a sidewalk from a vehicle he was inside and could be heard in making a disparaging, profane comment about what he assumed to be their sexual orientation. The Timberwolves reprimanded him, and Edwards apologized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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