Leonard also made headlines when he was the only Heat player not to take a knee during the national anthem, a decision that he said was due to people like his brother in the military who fight for our country.
"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."
A spokesman for the Miami Heat said after the video surfaced that the team was reviewing the video, and the NBA also condemned the language used by Leonard and said they were “in the process of gathering more information.”
The Heat are reviewing video of center Meyers Leonard using an anti-Semitic slur earlier today while live-streaming his video-game play via Twitch, according to a team spokesman.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass statement on Meyers Leonard, who said an anti-Semitic slur on a video game stream: “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.”
It’s a story that’s becoming all too familiar, with NASCAR driver Kyle Larson being fired from his team and suspended from the sport after dropping a racial slur on an iRacing livestream, and more recently Morgan Wallen getting caught dropping an n-bomb after a weekend bender.
It’s too early to know whether Leonard will face the same backlash that Larson and Wallen faced, but it seems like celebrities need to remember that in this day and age, just about everything they say or do could end up on video and ruin their careers.
Or maybe, you know… just don’t say racist things to begin with.