Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard was heard using an anti-Semitic slur during a live video game stream on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old was playing ‘Call of Duty’ on the website, Twitch, when he was caught saying ‘k***’ – a derogatory term for a Jewish person.
‘F***ing cowards,’ a player, purportedly Leonard, is heard saying during the live stream. ‘Don’t f***ing snipe me, you f***ing k*** b****.’
Later in during the live stream, Leonard is seen taking a call before excusing himself, saying that he needs to speak with his wife.
The Heat did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Meyers Leonard stands with kneeling teammates during the national anthem before an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat on September 8
The 29-year-old Leonard was playing ‘Call of Duty’ on the website, Twitch, when he was caught saying ‘k***’ – a derogatory term for a Jewish person
Leonard raised some eyebrows during the NBA’s 2019-20 season restart outside Orlando last summer when he decided to stand for the national anthem as his Miami teammates knelt to protest racism.
He explained his decision in August, saying that he could be a patriot while supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘Some of the conversations I’ve had over the past three days, quite literally, have been the most difficult,’ Leonard told The Associated Press prior to one game inside the league bubble in Orlando. ‘I am with the Black Lives Matter movement and I love and support the military and my brother and the people who have fought to defend our rights in this country.’
Leonard is currently out for the remainder of the season because of a shoulder injury.
The 7-foot former University of Illinois star was taken with the 11th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by Portland, where he played most of his career.
Leonard has earned nearly $60 million over nine NBA seasons, the last two of which have come in Miami. The Heat have a team option on his contract for next season, meaning the club can cut him and save around $10 million.
Nearly 11 months after being suspended and fired for saying a racial slur on live television, NASCAR driver Kyle Larson (right) won Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas, and was quickly congratulated by the circuit’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace (left)
Leonard’s situation resembles one that NASCAR had last year with driver Kyle Larson, who was heard using the N-word during a video game live stream. He was suspended and fired from Chip Ganassi Racing, but has since resurfaced with Hendrick Motorsports and won Sunday’s race in Las Vegas.
During his nine months away from racing, Larson completed NASCAR’s sensitivity training, visited African-American Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee at her St. Louis community center, and volunteered with a number of charities, including multiple food banks.
On Sunday, following his victory at the Penzoil 400 in Las Vegas, Larson was quickly congratulated by the circuit’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace.
‘It meant a lot for Bubba to come to victory lane,’ Larson said of Wallace, who is currently the only African American racing full time on NASCAR’s top circuit. ‘He’s always believed in me. That was special.’
‘Proud and happy for @KyleLarsonRacin,’ Wallace later tweeted. ‘Told him way to keep his head thru it all! We all knew it was a matter of time.’
Larson (whose live screen is picture, but not his face) was banned by NASCAR and later fired by Chip Ganassi Racing after he used the n-word while playing an online racing game in front of a live audience in April of 2020