Meyers Leonard is breaking his silence and giving his first on-camera interview to TMZ Sports activities after utilizing an anti-Semitic slur … addressing the bonds he is shaped with the Jewish group, demise threats he is obtained, and his need to return to the basketball courtroom.
“It is onerous to clarify,” Leonard advised us out in Beverly Hills. “The individuals who have been probably the most loving and probably the most compassionate, displaying probably the most grace, have been so many individuals from the Jewish group.”
Bear in mind, 29-year-old Meyers — the eleventh general choose within the 2012 draft — dropped the k-word whereas streaming on Twitch again in March. He was lower by the Miami Warmth shortly after the incident.
Since being launched, Leonard has been extremely lively inside the Jewish group, together with assembly a bunch of youngsters at a synagogue in Boca Raton … the place he obtained emotional whereas discussing the incident with the scholars.
It is simply certainly one of many issues Leonard’s completed to coach himself … within the course of, forging tight bonds with Jewish folks of all ages.
“I can truthfully sit and speak for an hour about this. About all of the completely different experiences with little youngsters within the Jewish group, to youngsters, all the best way as much as Rabbis, who’ve simply been so beneficiant with their time and so understanding.”
Meyers says within the wake of the feedback, each he and his household needed to take care of horrible abuse on-line, together with folks threatening to sexually assault and homicide his partner.
“It has been a really, very lengthy and onerous course of,” Leonard says … “When the demise threats, and my spouse is being advised ‘do not go away your home, we’re gonna rape you.’ And, this stuff. It was onerous. So, loads of this stuff are troublesome to share, however over time I have been capable of heal.”
As for Meyers’ hoops profession, he is gunning to get again within the league … and says it might be a dream come true to return to Pat Riley‘s group.
“I might be ecstatic if I may play for the Miami Warmth once more. I fell in love with that place, I actually did. My spouse and I adore it there.”
Meyers continued … “There’s one thing concerning the tradition there that is simply me.”
Whether or not it is again in South Florida or in one other NBA metropolis … Leonard — a 9 12 months NBA vet — simply hopes he has an opportunity to return to the sport he loves.
“I can solely be hopeful that individuals will permit me bounce again from a mistake. This was a mistake of maximum ignorance, and I personal it.”