The fallout continues for Leonard Meyers after the NBA player used an anti-Semetic slur during a livestream. Professional esports organization FaZe Clan has cut ties with the 29-year-old, with Origin PC, Scuf Gaming and Astro Gaming also saying they will no longer work with Leonard.
“We were incredibly disappointed to hear Meyers’ stream,” FaZe Clan said in a statement. “FaZe does not tolerate hate speech or discriminatory language of any kind. While Meyers is not a member of FaZe, we are cutting ties with him. This community has so much growing to do. Let’s be better together.”
What Did Leonard Say?
Leonard was on a Twitch livestream while playing Call of Duty on Tuesday. The center, who has more than 58,000 followers on his Twitch account, spewed hate speech directed at another player, saying “F-ing coward. Don’t f–king snipe me, you f–king k–e b—h.”
Clips of the interaction quickly began to circulate on social media, leading the Heat to announce that Leonard will be away from the team “indefinitely” while the NBA franchise assists the league in investigating Leonard’s actions.
Leonard Issues Quick Apology
Leonard issued an apology, saying he did not understand the meaning of the word. “While I didn’t know what the word meant at the time, my ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong,” Leonard said in a statement. The Heat were also quick to condemn Leonard’s slur.
“The Miami Heat vehemently condemns the use of any form of hate speech,” the team statement said. “The words used by Meyers Leonard were wrong and we will not tolerate hateful language from anyone associated with our franchise. To hear it from a Miami Heat player is especially disappointing and hurtful to all those who work here, as well as the larger South Florida, Miami Heat and NBA communities.”
Leonard’s Feels Heat On Social Media
The fallout has been swift and severe for Meyers Leonard on and off the court. While his future with the Miami Heat is now in serious question, his wife Elle’s TikTok and Instagram accounts were flooded with angry comments. Leonard had shoulder surgery last month and is expected to miss the rest of the season. He made headlines last August when Leonard was among the first NBA players to stand during the national anthem during the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World resort. His brother served two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.
Julian Edelman Writes Open Letter To Leonard
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wrote an open letter to Leonard on social media Wednesday, offering to do a Shabbat dinner with Leonard in Miami sometime. Edelman previously reached out to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who used an anti-Semetic slur on Instagram, offering to take him to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. In Edelman’s open letter to Leonard, he wrote, “I get the sense that you didn’t use that word out of hate, more out of ignorance.”