Meyers Leonard is on indefinite leave from the Miami Heat after he was heard using an anti-Semitic slur on a video game livestream.
This week, the 29-year-old was playing “Call of Duty: Warzone” on his Twitch channel when he yelled at his opponents, “------- cowards, don't ------- snipe me, you ------- ---- -----."
After the incident went viral, Leonard released an apology Tuesday on Instagram, saying he “didn't know what the word meant at the time” and “how offensive it is to the Jewish community.”
Despite his apology, the Miami Heat announced that same day that Leonard will be away from the team indefinitely as the NBA conducts an investigation.
"The Miami Heat vehemently condemns the use of any form of hate speech,'' their statement read.
"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 NBA communities.''
Per ESPN, Leonard may face sanctions from the NBA, who said it was "in the process of gathering more information.''
"The NBA unequivocally condemns all forms of hate speech," league spokesperson Mike Bass said.
Additionally, the outlet reports that gaming companies such as ASTRO Gaming, Origin PC, and Scuf Gaming have all ended their relationships with Leonard.