Meyers Leonard fined, suspended by NBA after using anti-Semitic slur

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Meyers Leonard fined, suspended by NBA after using anti-Semitic slur originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The NBA has handed down their punishment to Heat big man Meyers Leonard after he used an anti-Semitic slur on a Twitch live stream. 

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Leonard, who was streaming his Call of Duty feed, can be heard saying, “F------ cowards, don’t f------ snipe at me you f------ k--- b----.”

After the video surfaced, Leonard apologized.

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He since deleted his Twitch account. 

On Wednesday, in the Heat's first availability coming out of the All-Star break, spoke on Leonard's comments. 

"He said something that was extremely distasteful and hurtful," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And we're left with the aftermath of that. There are consequences to words. And those were extremely hurtful words."

"We can't tolerate that here," Heat captain &18-year vet Udonis Haslem added. "Right is right, and wrong is wrong. And since I've been here in this organization, to the day I leave this organization and beyond, we're going to try to be on the right side of everything -- especially issues like this."

Haslem added that he has "never heard him use any language that made me uncomfortable at all."

The Heat will open the second half of the season on Thursday without Leonard, who is recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery. 

Leonard has also reportedly been in contact with multiple Jewish organizations and Jewish leaders since the video surfaced. 

According to TMZ, "the impression Leonard is leaving on people so far is that he is genuinely sorry and is committed to doing the work to educate himself about why the K-word is offensive and dangerous." 

"Nobody wants Leonard to be 'canceled,' they want to help him learn and grow from this experience."