NBA: Ja Morant suspended by Grizzlies after new video with gun

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Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies leaves the court docket after Sport Six of the Western Convention First Spherical Playoffs towards the Los Angeles Lakers at Area on April 28, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 125-85 and advance to the second spherical. Ronald Martinez/Getty Pictures/AFP

The Memphis Grizzlies suspended Ja Morant from all group actions on Sunday pending an NBA overview after a brand new video showing to point out the star guard flashing a gun surfaced on social media.

“We’re conscious of the social media video involving Ja Morant,” the Grizzlies stated in a press release. “He’s suspended from all group actions pending League overview. We have now no additional remark at the moment.”

The transfer comes two months after the NBA suspended Morant for eight video games for conduct detrimental to the league after he streamed a video of himself holding a gun whereas intoxicated at a nightclub.

On Saturday, throughout an Instagram Reside session on the account of Morant’s good friend Davonte Pack, Morant seems to flash a handgun whereas using within the passenger seat of a automobile and singing alongside to a rap tune.

The video was later deleted.

“We’re conscious of the social media put up involving Ja Morant and are within the strategy of gathering extra data,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass stated in a press release on Sunday.

After his suspension in March, the 23-year-old Morant advised reporters he had acquired remedy to assist him handle stress, describing therapy he had acquired as “an ongoing course of”.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver referred to as Morant’s conduct then “irresponsible, reckless and doubtlessly very harmful,” and Morant stated he was sorry he’d been a distraction to the group of their remaining push to the playoffs.

“I’ve made errors previously that trigger quite a lot of adverse consideration — not solely to me, however my household as effectively, my group, the group. I’m utterly sorry for that,” stated Morant.

“My job now could be to be extra accountable, extra smarter, and don’t trigger any of that no extra.”

After the Grizzlies have been eradicated within the first spherical of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers, Morant stated he wanted to be extra disciplined.

“I’ve simply obtained to be higher with my decision-making,” he stated. “That’s just about it. Off-the-court points affected us as a corporation just about. Simply (want) extra self-discipline.”

Morant, the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Yr, has been concerned in a sequence of off-court incidents this season.

He’s being sued by a highschool pupil who accused Morant of punching him throughout a pickup basketball recreation at Morant’s Tennessee home in July 2022.

Morant’s agent stated he had been performing in self protection and no fees have been introduced within the incident.

Days earlier than that, the top of safety at a Memphis mall advised police he felt “threatened” by Morant and a gaggle of his associates after an incident within the procuring heart’s car parking zone.

Morant was within the headlines in February when the NBA investigated allegations by the Indiana Pacers that the participant’s entourage “aggressively confronted” members of their touring celebration, probably pointing a purple laser at them, after a recreation in Memphis.


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