The video was by no means posted to Leonard’s verified Twitch channel, however the person within the video seems to be the identical individual proven in different movies posted to Leonard’s channel on Monday.
Leonard says he is “committed to properly seeking out” those that can educate him on “this type of hate and how we can fight it.”
“I acknowledge and own my mistake and there’s no running from something like this that is so hurtful to someone else,” Leonard mentioned.
Leonard didn’t allude to the sexist half of his comment within the apology.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass advised CNN in an electronic mail the league “just became aware of the video and are in the process of gathering more information.”
“The NBA unequivocally condemns all forms of hate speech,” Bass’ electronic mail mentioned.
The Heat launched an announcement saying the group “vehemently condemns the use of any form of hate speech.”
“The words used by Meyers Leonard were wrong and we will not tolerate hateful language from anyone associated with our franchise,” the group’s assertion learn. “Meyers Leonard will be away from the team indefinitely. The Miami HEAT will cooperate with the NBA while it conducts its investigation.”
CNN Sports has reached out to Leonard’s agent, however has not heard again.
“ASTRO is committed to creating an inclusive gaming environment and one that combats racism and other forms of discrimination, retaliation and harassment. For that reason, we are ending our relationship with Meyers Leonard, effective immediately,” ASTRO Gaming’s assertion learn.
Leonard has performed in three video games for the Heat this season. He underwent left shoulder stabilization surgical procedure on February 2 and is predicted to overlook the remaining of the season.