Meyers Leonard dropped by gaming sponsors after anti-Jewish slur


The fallout from Meyers Leonard’s anti-Semitic slur is going beyond the basketball court.

A number of gaming sponsors have dropped Leonard after he spewed hateful language during a “Call of Duty” livestream on Twitch.

“F–ing coward. Don’t f–king snipe me, you f–king k–e b—h,” the Heat center, who was suspended indefinitely by the team, said.

Professional eSports organization FaZe Clan cut ties with the 29-year-old on Tuesday. According to Unilad, three other gaming companies — Origin PC, Scuf Gaming and Astro Gaming — confirmed they would no longer be working with Leonard, who has over 58,000 followers on his Twitch account.

“We were incredibly disappointed to hear Meyers’ stream [Tuesday],” FaZe Clan said in a statement. “FaZe does not tolerate hate speech or discriminatory language of any kind. While Meyers is not a member of FaZe, we are cutting ties with him. This community has so much growing to do. Let’s be better together.”

Leonard apologized for his rant and claimed he did not the true meaning of the word.

Meyers Leonard on July 14, 2020
Meyers Leonard on July 14, 2020
NBAE via Getty Images

“While I didn’t know what the word meant at the time, my ignorance about its history and how offensive it is to the Jewish community is absolutely not an excuse and I was just wrong,” Leonard’s statement read in part.

The Heat said that he would be away from the team “indefinitely” and they would assist the NBA in their investigation into his actions.

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