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Meyers Leonard Fined $50K, Suspended One Week For Anti-Semitic Slur

Miami Heat’s Meyers Leonard has been fined $50,000 and suspended from all Heat facilities and team activities for one week after he uttered an anti-Semitic slur while livestreaming his gameplay.

The NBA announced Leonard will also be required to participate in a cultural diversity program.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Leonard’s comment was inexcusable and hurtful and that such an offensive term has no place in the NBA or in society.  

“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,” Silver said. “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.”

A few hours after the video surfaced on Twitter, Leonard released a statement, apologizing for his use of the derogatory slur.

“I am deeply sorry for using an anti-Semitic slur during a livestream yesterday,” Leonard wrote. “While I didn’t know what the word meant at the time, my ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong.”

The Heat said in a statement Tuesday that Leonard would be away from the team indefinitely, while the NBA conducted its investigation. 

On Wednesday, the team said he had been issued the league’s maximum allowable fine of $50,000.

The Heat said they will “continue to communicate with Meyers and his representatives while he remains away from the team” about his why his comments were so offensive.

“He said something that was extremely distasteful and hurtful,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And we’re left with the aftermath of that.”

Leonard was already sidelined for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Written by Megan Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. How is what he did any different than what half a dozen other NBA or NFL players have done in the past year and had no fines or repercussions? I can only see one major difference, and it supports that WOKE is more important than fairness.

    • The overall consensus is that Frank was wrongly convicted. (Some quotes below.) But even if he was guilty of this despicable crime, it doesn’t excuse the anti-semitism that was unleashed on the Jewish community and the need (at that time, now not so much) for the creation ADL. Collective punishment is morally reprehensible.

      “Jeffrey Melnick wrote, “There is near unanimity around the idea that Frank was most certainly innocent of the crime of murdering Mary Phagan.” Other historians and journalists have written that the trial was “a miscarriage of justice” and “a gross injustice”, “a mockery of justice”, that “there can be no doubt, of course, that … [Frank was] innocent”, that “Leo Frank … was unjustly and wrongly convicted of murder”, that he “was falsely convicted”, and that “the evidence against Frank was shaky, to say the least”. C. Vann Woodward, like many other authors, believed that Conley was the actual murderer and was “implicated by evidence overwhelmingly more incriminating than any produced against Frank.”

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