Heat center Meyers Leonard was caught using an ethnic slur on a “Call of Duty” stream.
On Tuesday, video surfaced of the NBA veteran Leonard uttering the K-word, an ethnically offensive derogatory term for Jewish people. The video was taken on Leonard’s Twitch stream.
(Warning: Video contains offensive language.)
Leonard pauses before letting out “you f—ing k— b—” on the stream.
The Heat are aware of the video, per ESPN’s Marc Stein, and are currently reviewing it.
The Heat are reviewing video of center Meyers Leonard using an anti-Semitic slur earlier today while live-streaming his video-game play via Twitch, according to a team spokesman.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 9, 2021
Leonard made headlines last season as one of only two NBA players, along with Jonathan Isaac, to not kneel for the national anthem during NBA bubble play to protest racial injustice.
Leonard had only appeared in three games this season before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury that requires surgery.
Update: Leonard released a statement apologizing for his use of the slur, saying he “didn’t know what the word meant at the time.”
Update 2: The Heat have released a statement condemning Leonard’s use of the slur, adding that he “will be away from the team indefinitely” while the team conducts an investigation.
2/2, “disappointing and hurtful to all those who work here, as well as the larger South Florida, Miami HEAT and NBA communities. Meyers Leonard will be away from the team indefinitely. The Miami HEAT will cooperate with the NBA while it conducts its investigation.” https://t.co/WCLkiyWgMH
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 10, 2021
This story will be updated.