When asked about Meyers Leonard’s actions this past week, Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox did not hold back his thoughts and the unfortunate truth about gaming, via James Ham of NBC Sports:

“For one, I wouldn’t say that s–t on stream, that’s dumb as s–t,” the Kings star said…”But after finding out that it’s a slur and things like that, those lobbies get like that all the time.”

Leonard’s use of an anti-Semitic slur while streaming had its consequences, as he was fined $50,000 by the league as well as suspended for a week by the Miami Heat.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement about the situation and how the NBA was going to go about dealing with Leonard, as reported by Ham:

“Meyers Leonard’s comment was inexcusable and hurtful and such an offensive term has no place in the NBA or in our society,” Silver said in a statement. “Yesterday, he spoke to representatives of the Anti-Defamation League to better understand the impact of his words and we accept that he is genuinely remorseful. We have further communicated to Meyers that derogatory comments like this will not be tolerated and that he will be expected to uphold the core values of our league – equality, tolerance, inclusion and respect – at all times moving forward.”

Trash-talking, though a part of competition regardless of sport or activity, has the ability to expose individuals’ ignorance. Leonard was just another example of that ignorance, and all he can do right now is educate and improve himself so this type of hate can be fought.

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As De’Aaron Fox said, it is something that athletes should avoid saying while streaming–where millions of people watch them. The Kings’ speedy guard understands this since he is streaming games as well  from time to time.

While the Kings star noted that it is common in game lobbies, it is still not an excuse for Leonard, who should be a good role model as a public figure.