Anthony Edwards Cited for Assault After Swinging Chair at Security Guard and Employee Following Game 5 Loss

ParallelDesk 12:51:14 PM, 27 April 2023

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Minnesota Timberwolves' all-star forward, Anthony Edwards, has found himself in hot water after he was cited for third-degree assault. The incident occurred on Wednesday night when Edwards reportedly swung a chair in the direction of a security guard and another employee following the Timberwolves' Game 5 loss to the Denver Nuggets. The former no.1 overall draft pick had missed a game-tying buzzer shot at the three-point line that would have saved their season. Edwards rushed back to the locker room after the final play and, in frustration, swung a chair that apparently hit a female security guard and another arena employee. While the original incident was recorded live by in-game cameras, there wasn't conclusive evidence that someone got hit. However, more footage has since gone viral that has come from a fan's angle who was seated near the tunnel area. The new angle suggests that a security guard got hit but didn't seem to be an intentional move from Anthony Edwards. The video also seems to show Edwards not noticing anyone near him as he swung the chair. The report states that two employees were injured due to the incident, but the video above shows only one security personnel seemingly getting hit by the chair. Denver Police said neither victim endured severe injuries. However, they both reportedly filed charges. According to a report via The Star Tribune, Edwards will appear in a Denver court on June 9th. If convicted, he could face up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $1000. The Minnesota Timberwolves have since released a statement regarding Anthony Edwards' situation. They stated that they are "aware of the alleged incident regarding Anthony Edwards following Game 5 in Denver and are in the process of gathering more information." Edwards' season-ending loss went from bad to worse in no time. The all-star forward had an outstanding year and a solid playoff run as the Minnesota Timberwolves' most reliable player. He averaged 31.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game, with shooting rates of 48/35/84 splits. However, a missed game-tying opportunity at the buzzer and the controversy surrounding his actions after the game has overshadowed the good side of his year. His team's loss, coupled with the assault charges, has brought negative attention to him. Edwards' fans and supporters have since taken to social media platforms to show their support and express their hope that he will get through the situation.

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