After a video of Ja Morant’s live holding what seems to be a gun appeared online, he was suspended from all Grizzlies operations.
The Memphis Grizzlies may have to start the upcoming season without their finest player. Memphis Grizzlies All-Star guard Ja Morant was banned from all team activities after an Instagram Live video showed him clutching what looked to be a pistol in a car. However, it could not be the last punishment Morant gets. Adrian Wojnarowski speculates that the franchise’s cornerstone might be hit with a “significant suspension” by the NBA.
To quote Wojnarowski from ESPN’s Get Up: “I think Ja Morant is facing a lengthy, a significant break to start the new season if clearly, that was a firearm in his hand in the video.” There will be pressure from other NBA clubs that this is bad for the league as a whole, not just the Memphis Grizzlies. Adam Silver isn’t going to take this lightly, that’s for sure.
Ja Morant’s Suspension Following Latest Controversy: Instagram Live Incident and a History of Troubling Behavior
On Saturday, Morant appeared in an Instagram Live when it appeared for a split second that he was clutching a pistol while riding in a car with pals. The Grizzlies suspended their star guard after the video went viral online. The league afterward made public a statement saying it would be looking into the matter.
It is only the most recent in a line of troubling behavior on Ja Morant’s part. Two months ago, the league punished him for eight games after he posted a video of himself brandishing a pistol at a Colorado nightclub. In addition, the Washington Post had done some digging and found out that he’s been charged with threatening the head of security at a Memphis mall last summer and assaulting a 17-year-old youngster during a pickup basketball game at his house.
Ja Morant Acknowledges Past Mistakes and Vows to Change, Yet Faces Potential Consequences for Repeated Offenses
Morant admitted guilt for his part in the run of episodes and the subsequent suspension. However, Morant apologized for his prior actions, saying, “Obviously, I have made mistakes in the past that caused a lot of negative attention not only to me but also to my family, my team, and the organization.” Therefore, I have to “be more responsible, smarter,” and “don’t cause any of that no more,” as I put it before.
Two months after his suspension expired, the Grizzlies’ star was involved in another unpleasant incident very similar to the one that led to his suspension. As a result, his recent record will undoubtedly factor into the league’s decision on his punishment. Unfortunately, if it’s for a lengthy amount of time, the Grizzlies’ early season will suffer.
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