MIAMI: The Miami Heat mentioned Tuesday evening that Meyers Leonard shall be away from the staff indefinitely, sharply criticizing his use of an anti-Semitic slur whereas taking part in a online game that was being livestreamed.
Leonard apologized for utilizing the time period, insisting he didn’t know what it meant when he used it Monday. The Heat realized of the matter Tuesday, and Leonard’s future with the staff is now in severe doubt.
The Miami Heat vehemently condemns using any type of hate speech, the staff assertion mentioned. The phrases utilized by Meyers Leonard had been improper and we won’t tolerate hateful language from anybody related to our franchise. To hear it from a Miami Heat participant is particularly disappointing and hurtful to all those that work right here, in addition to the bigger South Florida, Miami Heat and NBA communities.
The staff additionally mentioned it’ll cooperate with the NBA’s investigation.
Leonard acknowledged that he used the time period Monday whereas streaming. In his apology, posted on social media, he mentioned my ignorance about its historical past and the way offensive it’s to the Jewish group is completely not an excuse and I used to be simply improper.”
Leonard additionally mentioned he was apologizing to staff managing normal associate Micky Arison and his household, the staff’s gamers, coaches and entrance workplace, his household and the Jewish group, amongst others.
I acknowledge and personal my mistake and there’s no working from one thing like this that’s so hurtful to another person, Leonard wrote.
The video started circulating broadly on social media Tuesday afternoon and the fallout was virtually speedy, first with on-line criticism after which sharp rebukes by the league, the Heat and even different organizations.
Unacceptable. Totally unacceptable, Washington coach Scott Brooks mentioned. Brooks added that he believes the NBA will do the appropriate factor and deal with it.
That appears fairly potential. The NBA mentioned it was within the strategy of gathering extra info.
The NBA unequivocally condemns all types of hate speech, league spokesman Mike Bass mentioned.
Leonard, a 7-foot heart in his ninth NBA season, sustained a season-ending shoulder damage in January and appeared in solely three video games for the Heat this 12 months. He may turn out to be a free agent this summer time; the Heat maintain a staff possibility on him for subsequent season price about $10 million.
This is the second time in latest months that Leonard has been on the heart of an issue.
Most gamers and coaches selected to kneel final summer time for the taking part in of the U.S. and Canadian nationwide anthems when the NBA season resumed inside a bubble at Walt Disney World in Central Florida. Leonard stood as a substitute, his hand over his coronary heart, and did so with the help of Heat teammates.
I’m a compassionate human being and I really love all individuals, Leonard informed The Associated Press at the moment.
He added in that AP interview final summer time, I’ll proceed to make use of my platform, my voice and my actions to indicate how a lot I care in regards to the African American tradition and for everybody. I reside my life to serve and influence others in a optimistic means.
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