Meyers Leonard of the Miami Heat has been banned for a week and fined $ 50,000 for making an anti-Semitic ruling. The NBA announced this on Thursday.
29-year-old Leonard made the statement last Monday while playing a video game that he livestreamed. He has apologized in the meantime.
Meyers Leonard’s statement was unacceptable and hurtful. Such an offensive comment has no place in the NBA or in our society, ”said NBA Chairman Adam Silver.
Leonard, who is currently injured, must also participate in a cultural diversity program.
57 American basketball players are part of Olympic preselection
The American Basketball Association has included 57 players in the pre-selection for the Olympic Games, including fifteen Olympic champions. The list, which was announced on Thursday, is led by two-time Olympic champion Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Superstars Kevin Durant and Chris Paul, who have both won the Games twice, are also in the selection.
In early summer, the twelve selected players will be announced for the Tokyo Games. A selection committee will decide which players are available and consider their health. Veteran Gregg Popovich will be the team’s coach.
The Americans start their training camp on July 1, the Summer Games in Tokyo start on July 23. There is a chance that a seventh final game will have to be played in the NBA the day before. Team USA starts the Olympic tournament with a game against France on July 25.