Heat Center Meyers Leonard Uses Anti-Semetic Slur On Livestream

Camilla Bondy, Multimedia Video Editor

Meyers Leonard, Miami Heat player, learned first hand that one’s actions, especially actions surrounding racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry, have repercussions, regardless of fame.

While playing “Call of Duty: Warzone” on Monday live on Twitch, Leonard used an anti-Semitic slur. Twitch allows gamers to share their screens so that fans and subscribers can hear and watch them play live.

After receiving public backlash from his statements, Leonard posted an apology letter Tuesday on Instagram, but turned off the comments. 

“While I didn’t know what the word meant at the time, my ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong,” Leonard wrote in his statement.

Although he acknowledged his wrongdoing, he clearly offended the Jewish community. While the NBA continues to conduct an investigation on the incident, the Miami Heat came out with their own statement: “The Miami Heat vehemently condemns the use of any form of hate speech.”

They added that Leonard has indefinitely been suspended while the investigation continues.

On Mar. 11, Shams Charania tweeted that Leonard has been fined $50,000 and suspended from all Heat facilities and team activities for one week.