In the wake of dropping a clear anti-Semitic taunt during a game of Call of Duty, NBA player Meyers Leonard has been suspended by his team, the Miami Heat, and dropped by a number of his sponsors.
Leonard—who last year was also the only player to remain on his feet before a game while his teammates knelt to support the Black Lives Matter movement—later apologised for using the term “kike bitch”, claiming to somehow have not known what it meant:
Despite this, Leonard has since been dropped by two of his sponsors, PC company Origin:
And controller makes SCUF (both companies are owned by Corsair):
Leonard will also “be away from the team indefinitely” while the Heat—owned by Israeli-American businessman Micky Arison—and the NBA conduct an “investigation”.
Gaming clan FaZe also noted that while Leonard wasn’t a member, they were nevertheless cutting ties with him:
Update, 3/11/21, 2:56pm—As reported by CNN, the NBA has fined Leonard $50,000. Leonard also “spoke to representatives of the Anti-Defamation League,” according to a statement by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. CNN reports that the NBA “has also mandated Leonard to participate in a cultural diversity program.”