UPDATE March 11th: Leonard has been fined $50,000 and suspended from all Heat facilities and team activities for one week for his “k*ke b*tch” comment on Monday; more here.
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The Miami Heat are reviewing video of center Meyers Leonard uttering an antisemitic slur while streaming his video-game play.
On the video, Leonard can be heard saying, “F—— cowards, don’t f—— snipe at me you f—— k— b—-.”
The slur was uttered in the middle of the two profanities amid video-game play of Call of Duty, a war-simulation video game. A team spokesman said the Heat are aware of the language used by Leonard.
Leonard is currently recovering from January shoulder surgery and is out for the season. He signed a two-year, $19.5 million contract in November to return to the team as a free agent, recently purchasing a home in Miami. The Heat hold a team option for next season’s salary.
Leonard was the lone Heat player to stand during the playing of the national anthem during the NBA’s resumption of last season in the quarantine bubble at Disney World. He said it was out of respect for family in the military, while also noting his abiding respect for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Leonard is married to Elle Bielfeldt, who is Jewish.