The Miami Heat are reviewing a video of injured forward-center Meyers Leonard using an anti-Semitic slur while playing a video game on Monday.
Leonard is seen playing the “Call of Duty” game and is recorded using the slur while engaged with another gamer on Twitch, where Meyers often plays.
Heat owner Mickey Arison, and son, Nick, who is the Heat CEO, are Jewish.
“We are shocked and disappointed to see @MeyersLeonard use this ugly, offensive #antisemitic slur. We have reached out to the @MiamiHEAT and @NBA about this and urge Mr. Leonard to issue an apology immediately for this egregious and hateful rhetoric,” the Anti-Defamation League posted on Twitter.
An NBA spokesman issued a statement Wednesday that said, “We just became aware of the video and are in the process of gathering more information. The NBA unequivocally condemns all forms of hate speech.”
Origin PC reached a partnership deal with Leonard in May, but on Tuesday released a statement saying, “A comment was recently made by Meyers Leonard that does not reflect the values or views of Origin PC. We have decided to cease our working relationship with Meyers as of 3/9/2021.”
Leonard, whose brother Bailey served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines, was the only Heat player who stood for the national anthem during games in the Orlando bubble. But he wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt and said he believes in the Black lives Matter movement.
Leonard is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in February. He played in just three game in 2020-21. He signed a two-year, $19.5 million deal with Miami before the season with $9.4 million guaranteed. The Heat have an option to pick up the final year of the deal.