NBA Pro dropped over anti-Semitic slur in CoD gets new contract

A photo of Meyers Leonard with his right hand over his heart before the Miami Heat's game against the Los Angeles Lakers in October 2020.

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Nearly two years after NBA player Meyers Leonard blew up his entire career after yelling an anti-Semitic slur during a Call of Duty: Warzone live streaming, ESPN reports he has signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Leonard is a seven-foot center who previously played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat from 2012 to 2021. He had an okay record for a center, averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds according to the. Yahoo Sports. However, he was fined $50,000 and suspended from the NBA for one week in 2021 for using an anti-Semitic slur under one War zone live streaming on his Twitch channel. After the suspension, Leonard was traded Oklahoma City Thunder, but was immediately waived. Leonard has been out of the NBA since, both due to to his action on stream and as he “recovered nerve damage in his right leg following surgery,” according to ESPN.

ESPN’s senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on February 20 that Leonard, who has been out of the NBA from March 2021 until now, will be back on the basketball court for the Bucks. It’s unclear when exactly fans will see Leonard guard the basket, but who the Guardian suggeststhe Bucks hope to see if Leonard can help the team reach the playoffs.

Kotaku contacted the Bucks for comment.

Leonard issued an apology for using the anti-Semitic slur in March 2021 shortly after the incident, saying he “didn’t know what the word meant at the time”. He has since sought the advice of two rabbissay South Florida and met with several Jewish organizations to learn more about anti-Semitism, according to ESPN. He even went on ESPN’s sports news and analysis show Outside the lines in January 2023 to talk more about the incident and what he has learned since, saying that he may have picked up the use of the anti-Semitic epithet while playing because “over the years, there is less than ideal language used in a large part of video gaming .”


“I was sad that I lost my job,” Leonard said. “I was sad that I hurt people, and honestly, everything I cared about in my life, outside of taking care of my family, was making this right. (…) There are absolutely no excuses for what happened that day, and ignorance is unfortunately a very real thing. I’m not running from this, but I didn’t know it was happening.”

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