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Heat Release a Statement on Meyers Leonard’s Anti-Semitic Slur Saying He “Will Be Away From the Team Indefinitely”

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SJ - March 10, 2021

Heat center Meyers Leonard is out for the season with a shoulder injury and won't be seen around the team facility anytime soon.  Miami released a statement on his use of an anti-Semitic slur during a livestream and said that Leonard "will be away from the team indefinitely."

Leonard was also dropped by the gaming companies ASTRO Gaming, Origin PC and Scuf Gaming.

From ESPN:

It is possible that Leonard may face sanctions from the NBA, which said it was "in the process of gathering more information.''

"The NBA unequivocally condemns all forms of hate speech," league spokesperson Mike Bass said.

The Heat, who were in the final day of their All-Star break and are not formally resuming practice until Wednesday, said in their statement that they will cooperate with the league's investigation.

Gaming companies ASTRO Gaming, Origin PC and Scuf Gaming said in statements posted to Twitter on Tuesday that they have ended their relationships with Leonard.

 

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Meyers apologized for his use of the word and claimed he didn't know what the slur meant.  That's entirely possible, but you have to ask what he thought the word meant.  The way he used it he clearly knew it was an insult of some kind.

It sounds like the Heat, who can cut ties with Leonard after the season, are preparing to do just that.


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