Memphis Grizzlies level guard Ja Morant was suspended on Sunday after an Instagram Stay video confirmed him with what gave the impression to be a handgun, the staff mentioned in a short assertion.
“We’re conscious of the social media video involving Ja Morant,” the staff wrote. “He’s suspended from all staff actions pending League evaluate. We have now no additional remark presently.”
The video reveals the NBA star and one other particular person listening to the brand new NBA YoungBoy album in a automobile. For only a transient second, Morant is seen holding up one thing that appears very very similar to a firearm, in line with TMZ.
The suspension comes two months after Morant, 23, acquired an eight-game suspension for being caught on video brandishing a gun at a Denver nightclub in March.
Morant acquired an eight-game suspension within the Denver incident; no costs have been filed in that case, and Morant mentioned the gun was not his. On the time, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver referred to as Morant’s conduct “irresponsible, reckless and probably very harmful.” “It additionally has severe penalties given his huge following and affect, significantly amongst younger followers who look as much as him,” Silver mentioned within the March assertion.
At the moment, Morant sounded remorseful.
“The gun wasn’t mine,” he mentioned. “It’s not who I’m. I don’t condone any kind of violence, however I take full duty for my actions. I’ve made a foul mistake. I can see the picture that I’ve painted over myself with my current errors. Sooner or later I’m gonna present all people who Ja actually is, what I’m about and alter this narrative.”
Morant—was was accused by a teen earlier this yr of punching him and of flashing a gun after a pick-up basketball recreation final yr—has not publicly commented on the most recent video and suspension.