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Andrew Wiggins Denies Saying Dennis Schroder 'Was Just Gay'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- DECEMBER 23: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a free throw during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 23, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins appeared to have potentially said "he was just gay" when speaking about Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder during his postgame interview following a 119-117 win Tuesday night.

Michael Kinney shared Wiggins' comments from the Timberwolves' locker room.

Michael Kinney @EyeAmTruth

Andrew Wiggins said he was not worried about Dennis Schröder trying to step to the Timberwolves. "He was acting crazy for no reason." #thunder https://t.co/gjkEcugVSi

Wiggins later took to social media to clarify what he said and to offer support for the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual) community:

andrew wiggins @22wiggins

Id like to clarify what I said tonight during my post game media session. I said: “I don’t know what’s wrong with him he was just getting... acting crazy for no reason”.

andrew wiggins @22wiggins

I have the utmost love and respect for the LGBTQIA community and I would never use any term to disrespect them in anyway.

Schroder got into a shoving match with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague in the third quarter and the two had to be separated. Schroder received a technical foul, while Teague was ejected after being assessed two technical fouls.

NBA Official @NBAOfficial

Replay Review (Game Crew): player altercation in Q3 of #MINatOKC. Ruling: Schroder assessed one technical foul, Teague assessed two technical fouls for two separate hostile acts during the altercation, Teague ejected. https://t.co/nSKlk9XCxL

According to The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski, Schroder appeared to take exception with Wiggins as well after Wiggins inadvertently knocked Nerlens Noel out of the game.

While Wiggins was going up for a dunk in the third quarter, he elbowed Noel in the head with his lead arm. Noel fell to the court and hit his head against the hardwood as he landed. Medical personnel stretchered Noel back to the locker room.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Prayers up for Nerlens Noel. The Thunder big man caught an elbow, hit his head and had to be stretchered off 🙏 https://t.co/22qPKtz1l6

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Wiggins elaborated on his thoughts regarding Schroder.

"I don't know what's wrong with him," he said, per Krawczynski. "He was acting crazy for no reason. I look right through him. He's not someone I look at as a problem. Not at all."

Should the NBA decide Wiggins did indeed call Schroder "gay," he could face a fine.

The league docked Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic $25,000 in November when he used the phrase "no homo" when referencing the physical attributes of Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr.

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