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The Miami Heat have just traded Meyers Leonard and a second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Trevor Ariza, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal comes just six days after Leonard used anti-Semitic language on his personal Twitch stream. Guess his apology fell on deaf ears.
ESPN Sources: Oklahoma City is finalizing a trade to send Trevor Ariza to the Miami Heat for Meyers Leonard and a 2027 second-round pick. Leonard must still waive his no-trade clause because of the one-year Bird restriction on his deal, which he’s expected to do for Miami.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2021
The old “sticks and stones” phrase apparently was a farce because the Miami Heat just ran Meyers Leonard out of town. Yes, the owner was Jewish, but Leonard did apologize for his viral mishap. What’s clear here is that cancel culture continues to be an issue for celebrities.
Everyone in the public eye is one “mistake” away from losing their job. I insist on mentioning that Leonard purchased a $7.75 million mansion in Miami just last week. No one’s feeling sorry for the former Miami big man, yet it’s still important to mention that we too can be cancelled like this. I mean, who hasn’t said a one-liner in their lives that would get them in trouble in today’s climate? Will we have any celebrities left by 2025?
Chances are that this Meyers Leonard trade is a peek at the transformation of America. Anyone who says something offensive is done. No apology or action can save them because apologies and action aren’t the goal. Total compliance to pandering is. Using the right words, sharing hashtags, or kneeling for the National Anthem is all it takes to be protected by our media.
It’s a shame Meyers Leonard never got the opportunity to redeem himself in the Miami community. Another one bites the dust…