A Story of Fellowship and Forgiveness

Stand for Israel  |  January 20, 2022

Meyers Leonard with members of Jewish community
(Photo: twitter/MeyersLeonard)

This week we were already thrilled with a basketball-related story – one that featured the alma mater of Fellowship Founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, of blessed memory, who devoted his life to building bridges. And today, The Chicago Tribune’s Gavin Good tells us another story of bridge-building involving basketball player Meyers Leonard and the friendships and faith he has forged with the Jewish community on his own road to forgiveness and understanding:

Ten months have lapsed since former Illinois and Miami Heatcenter Meyers Leonard’s life — and his NBA career — grinded to a halt…

Soon after the scandal, Leonard found himself out of the NBA — where he was anine-year veteran — and at an all-time low.

But he found a surprising sanctuary in the same community he insulted, whether intentionally or by ignorance, as he maintains…