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NBA Announces Official Punishment For Meyers Leonard

Meyers Leonard stands during the national anthem.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 01: Meyers Leonard of the Miami Heat stands during the National Anthem before the start of a hame against the Denver Nuggets at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 01, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Less than a week after a video surfaced of Meyers Leonard using an anti-Semitic slur, the NBA has announced an official punishment for the Miami Heat center.

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NBA fines Meyers Leonard $50,000 and suspends him for a week for anti-Semitic comments he made Monday. He will also hav to participate in a cultural diversity program.

— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) March 11, 2021

">a press release, the league fined Leonard $50,000 and suspended him from all team activities for one week. The NBA also announced that the 29-year-old will be required to participate in a cultural diversity program. League commissioner Adam Silver released a statement at the time of the announced punishment, condemning Leonard's use of hate speech. "Meyers Leonard's comment was inexcusable and hurtful and such an offensive term has no place in the NBA or in our society," Silver wrote. "Yesterday, he spoke to the representatives of the Anti-Defamation League to better understand the impact of his words and we accept that he is genuinely remorseful. We have further communicated to Meyers that derogatory comments like this will not be tolerated and that he will be expected too uphold the core values of our league - equality, tolerance, inclusion and respect - at all times moving forward."

The discipline from the NBA comes after the Heat announced that Leonard would be away from the team "indefinitely." The 29-year-old is currently recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery and hasn't appeared in a game since early January. Leonard found himself at the center of controversy after he was heard on a live stream using the K-word, an anti-Semitic slur, while playing a video game. The clip was disturbing and immediately sparked outrage around the sports world. Leonard issued an apology of his own soon after the video surfaced on social media, but the damage had already been done. To put it plainly, this punishment from the league seems fairly light, given the severity of Leonard's offense. The 29-year-old will have to prove his commitment to genuine change with his actions moving forward if he hopes to regain the respect of the NBA and its fans. [

Statement from NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Meyers Leonard: “Meyers Leonard’s comment was inexcusable and hurtful and such an offensive term has no place in the NBA or in our society.”

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 11, 2021

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