Meyers Leonard utters anti-Semitic slur during ‘Call of Duty’ stream
Meyers Leonard could face NBA repercussions after he used the anti-Semitic slur “k–e” during a “Call of Duty” live stream.
The Heat big man is seen in a black shirt, pink headphones and his dyed blonde hair in an inset Twitch video stream of the popular video game.
“F–ing coward. Don’t f–king snipe me, you f–king k–e b—h,” Leonard says, as another person on the stream can be heard laughing.
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Another, more up-close video, purported to be taken after the slur was said, shows Leonard pausing to take a call. He becomes far more serious and says he needs to stop playing the game because his wife needs him.
The 29-year-old Leonard has already begun receiving blowback from fans.
“Anti-semite. Have fun being jobless,” one wrote on his Instagram.
“There’s no place in the NBA for hate,” another added on the platform.
The word k–e is known as an anti-semitic slur against Jewish people.
Leonard previously made headlines by refusing to kneel for the national anthem alongside his (predominantly black) teammates, although he said he didn’t consider their choice to be disrespectful, and his teammates said they supported his choice.
The Heat are reviewing the video, a team spokesman told the New York Times.
In a statement to The Athletic, NBA spokesman Mike Bass 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.”
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