The Miami Heat are reviewing footage of center Meyers Leonard's usage of an anti-Semitic slur during a Twitch stream, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Leonard can be heard saying, “F****** cowards, don’t f****** snipe at me you f****** k*** b****” in the video while playing Call of Duty.
A spokesperson for the Heat said they are aware of the incident and the language used and are reviewing the video.
You can watch the clip here. Warning, because it contains offensive language:
Meyers Leonard says racial slurs while playing CoD pic.twitter.com/WHwUnbV0pR
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Meyers Leonard, 29, is currently out for the season after undergoing a shoulder operation in January.
In November, he signed a two-year, $19.5 million deal to remain in Miami after recently purchasing a home in South Florida. The Heat hold a team option for the second year of his deal.
Last summer in the bubble, Leonard was the lone player on the Heat to stand for the national anthem. Leonard said his decision to stand was out of respect for a family member serving in the United States military, not out of disrespect for the Black Lives Matter movement. Here's how he explained it then:
“Some of the conversations I’ve had over the past three days, quite literally, have been the most difficult,” Leonard told The Associated Press. “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.”
Meyers Leonard has yet to respond to the incident. He left the Twitch stream shortly after using the offensive language:
Leonard took down a tweet promoting his Twitch stream, and his recent streams have been deleted:
The nine-year veteran has averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game over his career.