Miami Heat Suspends Myers Leonard Indefinitely for Racial slur


Xavier Proctor-Floyd, Editor

Myers Leonard, center for the Miami Heat, has been suspended indefinitely by the team for using a racial slur while he livestreamed a video game. Leonard, who was a reserve center for the team, has since apologized for his comments in an Instagram post. (Instagram)

The Heat released a statement regarding Leonard’s comments: “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 N.B.A. communities.” (nytimes) Since his comments, Leonard has lost gaming sponsors on top of being suspended.

Although Leonard has apologized for using an Anti-Semitic slur, he said he didn’t know what the word meant. Since the incident happened while he was playing Call of Duty Warzone on Monday, there has been no further punishment by the league towards Leonard.