Nearly two years after NBA player Meyers Leonard ruined his entire career by making an antisemitic insult during a game. Call of Duty: Battleground live broadcast, ESPN reports He signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Leonard is a 7-foot center who previously played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat from 2012 to 2021. Yahoo Sports. However, in 2021 he was fined $50,000 and suspended from the NBA for a week. using an antisemitic smear during Battlefield live broadcast On Twitch channel. Leonard was traded after the sentence. The Oklahoma City Thunder were however immediately waived. Leonard has been out of the NBA since then, both According to ESPN, his action on the stream and “while treating post-operative nerve damage in his right leg.”
ESPN’s veteran NBA employee Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on February 20 With his absence from the NBA stretching from March 2021 to the present, Leonard will be returning to the ballpark for the Bucks. It’s unclear exactly when fans will see Leonard holding the rim, but the Guardian recommendsThe Bucks are hoping to see if Leonard can help the team reach the playoffs.
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Leonard issued an apology shortly after the incident in March 2021, saying he “didn’t know what the word meant at the time” for using the anti-Semitic slur. He has since sought advice from two rabbis.He’s in South Florida, and has teamed up with several Jewish organizations to learn more about antisemitism, according to ESPN. He even appeared on ESPN’s sports news and analysis program. Out of Lines He said in January 2023 that he may have snatched the use of the antisemitic adjective while playing games to talk more about the incident and what he’s learned since then, because “over the years a large part of video games use less than ideal language.”
“I’m sorry I lost my job,” Leonard said. “I was sorry for hurting people and frankly everything I cared about in my life except taking care of my family was going to fix that. […] There are absolutely no excuses for what happened that day, and unfortunately ignorance is a very real thing. I’m not avoiding it, but I didn’t know it was happening.”