Meyers Leonard issues apology for use of anti-Semitic slur
Miami Heat center and former Illini big man Meyers Leonard has apologized for his recent use of an anti-Semitic slur.
Leonard’s use of the slur came from a video of his Twitch live stream during a Monday video game session. The video was shared on Twitter Tuesday with the NBA indicating they were reviewing the incident.
While the NBA has not said anything further at this time, Leonard has issued a statement apologizing for his comment:
“I am deeply sorry for using an anti-Semitic slur during a livestream yesterday,” wrote Leonard. “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. I am now more aware of its meaning and I am committed to properly seeking out people who can help educate me about this type of hate and how we can fight it.”
Shams Charania with The Athletic shared Leonard’s full apology:
Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard releases statement apologizing for saying anti-Semitic slur on a livestream: pic.twitter.com/AOi7ZE6nCy
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 10, 2021
Leonard is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.