Meyers Leonard working hard to be ‘ally’ to Jewish community after anti-Semitic slur incident
Former Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard broke a five-month Instagram silence recently to give an update on his attempt to educate himself on the Jewish community.
Leonard was traded from the Heat to the Oklahoma City Thunder (who immidately released him) for Trevor Ariza and and a 2027 second-round pick back in March after he made a tasteless anti-simetic remark during a Twitch live stream. Leonard was fined $50,000 by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for using the slur. The league also mandated that Leonard participate in a cultural diversity program.
The former Heat player wrote a lengthy caption below a photo of him alongside a young Jewish boy on an outdoor basketball court,stating that he has spent time learning from rabbis and other members of the Jewish community, discussing challenges that the community faces.
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He started 49 games for the Heat back in 2019-20, averaging 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and shooting 41.4% from three, though he was essentially cut from the rotation during his team’s run to the NBA Finals during their time in the Orlando bubble. Back in February, prior to being traded to Oklahoma City, he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.
Leonard has remained unsigned as the 2021-22 NBA season approaches.