NBA Punishes Anthony Edwards for Publicly Criticizing Officials

As expected, the NBA fined Minnesota Timberwolves player Anthony Edwards for his outspoken comments against officiating.

Edwards was fined $40,000 for criticizing the refereeing in Minnesota's 107-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

The NBA announced the sentence this afternoon.Edwards scored 27 points in the win over OKC before expressing his discontent with the officiating in a postgame interview with the Timberwolves' TV crew.

"I'm going to take the fine, because the refs did not give us no calls tonight," Edwards was quoted as saying. "We had to play through every bump and grab. 

I'm not sure how we won tonight.During the postgame media session, Edwards reiterated his public rebuke.

"The referees were horrible tonight. "Yes, they were terrible," Edwards told ESPN. "We was playing 8-on-5."

In his fourth season in the NBA, Edwards is averaging 25.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the Timberwolves,

who currently lead the Western Conference with a 33-14 overall record, the league's second-best mark.

Fact Check: Is Randy Travis dead? Stagehand tragic accident explored