Meyers Leonard finds himself banned from Twitch and suspended from NBA after slur

This may be a good opportunity to learn.

Meyers Leonard. Photo by Verse Photography/Wikimedia Commons

NBA star Meyers Leonard has found himself facing disciplinary action on two fronts after using a racial slur on Call of Duty: Warzone. The Miami Heat heat forward has been banned from Twitch and asked to take a leave from the National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat team. This comes after he used an anti-Semetic slur while streaming on Warzone.

While doing battle, Leonard told another player “Fucking cowards, don’t fucking snipe at me you… kike bitch.”

Twitch banned him with the statement “We do not allow the use of hateful slurs on Twitch. The safety of our community is our top priority, and per our guidelines we reserve the right to suspend any account for conduct that we determine to be inappropriate, harmful, or puts our community at risk.”

In announcing that NBA star Meyers Leonard will be stepping away from the team until further notice, the Miami Heat stated this: “The Miami HEAT vehemently condemns the use of any form of hate speech. The words used by Meyers Leonard were wrong and we will not tolerate hateful language from anyone associated with our franchise. To hear it from a Miami HEAT player is especially disappointing and hurtful to all those who work here, as well as the larger South Florida, Miami Heat, and NBA communities.”

The team added that it will cooperate with the NBA as it investigates the incident.

That also prompted FaZe Clan to announce that it was immediately cutting ties with him, even though he’s more of a loose associate of the esports and lifestyle organization rather than an actual member.

Leonard meanwhile took to Instagram to issue an apology to his teammates, the Jewish community, . Noting that he didn’t know what word meant, he wrote:

“I am deeply sorry for using an anti-Semitic slur during a livestream yesterday. 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 29-year-old added that he will be seeking out people who can educate him on hate speech and how to fight it. And that, while he has no intention of running from the comment, that the words were not a proper representation of who he is.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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