Anthony Edwards Faces Assault Charges After Throwing Chair Following Season-Ending Defeat

ParallelDesk 01:38:48 PM, 27 April 2023

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Anthony Edwards had a fantastic performance in the postseason, despite his team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, being eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in just five games. However, Edwards' frustration after the loss got the better of him as he was seen throwing a chair while leaving the court on Tuesday. According to reports from Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan, two Nuggets employees were injured due to Edwards' actions. TMZ Sports also reported that he was cited for third-degree assault misdemeanor. The Sporting News tweeted, "After Tuesday's series loss, Anthony Edwards was seen picking up and swinging a chair. Two Nuggets employees were reportedly injured and looking to press charges, per @DenverSportsCom." A video of Edwards throwing the chair has since gone viral on social media, showing him leaving the court with anger while holding the chair. Although the video does not show where the chair landed, the event has sparked much interest since it happened. The Timberwolves issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the incident, stating, “We are aware of the alleged incident regarding Anthony Edwards following Game 5 in Denver and are in the process of gathering more information. We have no further comment at this moment.” The charge of misdemeanor third-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if Edwards is found guilty. He is scheduled to appear in court in June. Edwards had an exceptional season in 2022-2023 and was named an All-Star for the first time. He averaged 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field, 36.9% from 3-point range, and 75.6% from the free-throw line. The talented guard amplified his game to another level in the postseason, averaging 31.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.8 spg, and 2.0 bpg while shooting 48.2% from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range, and 84.6% from the free-throw line during the playoff run. While the Timberwolves face various questions regarding their frontcourt pairing, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Rudy Gobert, Edwards has cemented himself as a cornerstone of the team's future. With his age and ability, it is clear that Edwards has many more years of greatness ahead of him.

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