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Meyers Leonard
Meyers Leonard
Position: -
Born: 02/27/92
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $0
Leonard apologized and vowed to educate himself about why the slur is dangerous and offensive … and it’s pretty obvious he’s been putting in the work. At least, according to Rabbi Efrem Goldberg … who spoke glowingly about Meyers at Sunday’s event — praising him as a good dude and a “great friend of the Jewish community.” Rabbi Goldberg told the crowd, “Over the last 3 months, I’ve gotten to know Meyers off camera and off the court … I’ve gotten to know what’s in his heart and who he is.” “Meyers has learned a lot about the Jewish community … meeting with Holocaust survivors and reading books about Jewish history.”
Leonard also opened up about life after the incident — saying, “I’ve had a lot of really good moments and some pretty dark emotional moments but I just like to say, again, I’m so, so thankful for the people in the Jewish community whether it’s a little kid, a teenager, a high schooler or a rabbi.” “I’ve just been very educated, I’ve had so many events away from the public eye that have just uplifted not only myself, my wife and our immediate family but my friends. I just learned so much and I’m so thankful through a very dark moment. Sometimes people say God works in mysterious ways.”
A recent Shabbat dinner at Rabbi Pinny Andrusier’s home in Hallandale, Florida, was memorable for many reasons. One was that the featured guest was 7 feet tall, towering over the dozens of kids in attendance — the adults, too. Another was that he was a player for South Florida’s favorite NBA team, the Miami Heat. The guest was Meyers Leonard, who only a few days prior to the Friday-night meal on March 12 had sparked controversy for using an antisemitic slur while livestreaming a video game on Twitch.
It was time to repair the damage. After posting a public apology on Instagram, Leonard and his representatives contacted multiple Jewish organizations to begin his healing process. Two days after using the slur, Leonard met with Andrusier, the rabbi at the Chabad of Southwest Broward in Hallandale, 18 miles from American Airlines Arena where the Heat play. Andrusier was an obvious first stop on Leonard’s rehabilitation efforts due to his long involvement with the Heat. His connections to the team date back to 1987, when he lit a Hanukkah candle at a game. “The Heat and the Jewish community have a very strong bond,” Andrusier said.
Will Manso: Meyers Leonard is set to meet with members of the Jewish community via zoom next Tuesday. University of Miami Hillel partnering with Jewish community relations council to give UM students a chance to be in Q/A. Said to be part of learning process for anti-Semitic slur he made.