Former NBA star Meyers Leonard apologized to a group of Jewish children for using an anti-Semitic slur back in March, according to TMZ.
Leonard, who played for the Miami Heat, made the apology while attending a Boca Raton Synagogue, the outlet reported Thursday.
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“I’m deeply sorry,” Leonard said while getting emotional, TMZ reported.
Leonard received backlash after he used an anti-Semitic slur while playing a game of Call of Duty on Twitch. Leonard was immediately blocked from the Twitch platform, where the game was streaming at the time. He was also given a $50,000 fine by the NBA and was suspended for one week. (RELATED: Oklahoma City Thunder Release Meyers Leonard)
The former center apologized at the time as well.
Leonard told the kids he has had “some pretty dark emotional moments” since using the slur, but that he’s been “educated.”
“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,” he said during his speech.
“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,” Leonard added. “I just learned so much and I’m so thankful through a very dark moment. Sometimes people say God works in mysterious ways.”