The Memphis Grizzlies have banned Ja Morant from all team activities after a video that was recently posted on social media but has since been taken down reportedly showed him holding a gun.
The Grizzlies posted a short statement about the suspension on social media. The statement said that the ban was pending a review by the league. Morant was already banned for two months by the NBA for a similar incident that happened in Denver.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement per ESPN –
“We are aware of the social media post involving Ja Morant and are in the process of gathering more information.”
The suspension is because of an alleged incident that happened during an Instagram Live session on the account of Morant’s friend Davonte Pack, according to ESPN.
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The All-Star is also said to have flashed a gun while driving and singing to a rap song, which is also said to be the reason for the suspension. Since then, the video has been taken down. It’s not clear if it ran out of time or was taken down on purpose.
Morant, who is 23 years old, is said to have gone to therapy in March after an IG Live video showed him holding a gun in a Denver club when the Grizzlies were there to play the Nuggets. After he met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, ESPN said, he was suspended for eight games. Silver called Morant’s behavior in the Denver club “irresponsible, reckless, and potentially very dangerous.”
Morant told ESPN around the time of his original punishment that he recognized “what I have to lose” and will strive to be “more responsible, smarter, and stay away from all the bad decisions.” Morant was not charged with a crime for what happened in Denver.