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Myers Leonard of the Miami Heat, was caught saying an antisemitic word when streaming a video game he was playing. Someone recorded it and the league got involved to quickly come down with a punishment for him, which was a week away from the team and a $50,000 fine.
Looking at the reactions this got, you can find that there was a wide range of reactions to him saying this. Some people thought he should be released from the team because it was such a terrible word and others like Patriots Wide Receiver, Julian Edelman, wanted to sit down and talk with Myers to educate him of using the word. After watching the video myself, it was clear that how Myers said the word, he should be getting more reactions like Julian Edelman then people who were cruel and harsh towards him.
Regardless of the intentions behind Myers' comment, he is smart enough to know he is a professional athlete and that eyes are constantly on him. Kids are always looking up to him and he knows that he needs to be a role model for these kids and the organization that he works for. Myer's also knows the sensitivity behind words that are said these days and even if it wasn't a big deal to him, it was going to be a big deal to others and it would cause a chain reaction from others and to the NBA putting out a harsh punishment.
If you want to get my opinion of someone who watches all sports and who knows what is said on video games services to one another, I think that people want to make a big deal because he has a lot of money and because of his race and gender. If you have watched the video, it is clear that he was cursing and using bad language every other word and one of the words he used was an antisemitic word. If you have ever played video games online with others, you know how mean and cruel it can be. They will call you racial slurs for every race thats out their, they will call you homophobic names, curse you out, say stuff about what they will do to you and even include your family. Knowing this, what Myers said was not as bad as what is said to others while playing online games. He did not call someone directly this word, he just said it as an insult in general while playing. People did not seem to mind he was cursing up a storm before and even after the word, they only seemed to care about the antisemitic slur that he said.
There's a story also out in the NBA about a black player, unknown, calling Asian player, Jeremy Lin, "Corona virus" in a G league game. It has not gotten as big of attention as what Myers said during a video game. One can't notice the clear difference between slurs that were said. One coming from a straight white male and the other coming from a straight black male to a straight Asian man. Both were wrong but why is one a bigger story with a very quick punishment and the other is not with no punishment from the date it occurred.
Both of these stories show the differences in how people react, how the media covers a story, and how quick and hard punishments are to a situation. Either way, what was said by both people were wrong and shouldn't be said again. Hopefully they both learn and are educated in the words that they have used.
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