Ja Morant, a point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, was caught on video once again appearing to be holding a firearm, prompting the team to take action.
The Memphis Grizzlies announced Tuesday that their star guard has been suspended from all team activities. Also, the expectation around the league is that Morant could face an extremely heavy suspension.
Morant issued a statement Tuesday night to address his latest controversy. A similar incident in March resulted in an eight game suspension.
“I know that I have disappointed many people who have supported me. This is a journey and I recognize that there is more work to be done,” he said. via ESPN. “My words may not mean much right now, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I am committed to continuing to work on myself.”
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The video showed Morant in the passenger seat dancing to music with some friends. He then appeared to draw the gun to show off for the camera and that’s when the friend holding the phone took it from the Grizzlies guard and confronted him. towards his shoulder.
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Morant has been in the spotlight throughout the course of the season due to various reports accusing him of wrongdoing. He was never charged in any of the incidents, but it all came to a boil earlier this year when he was seen brandishing a gun at a Denver nightclub.
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Morant checked into a stress management clinic after the Denver incident. After the Grizzlies were knocked out of the playoffs, he acknowledged that his off-court incidents were likely a distraction.
“I just have to be better with my decision making,” Morant said, via ESPN last month. “That’s it. The off-court issues hit us as an organization quite a bit. [need] more discipline.”
One of Morant’s off-court issues involved another NBA team.
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The Indiana Pacers claimed that an altercation involving Morant and his associates in January affected the team.
During the alleged incident, a red laser was pointed at Pacers players from a van carrying Morant. The Pacers believed a gun was being pointed at them and reported the incident to NBA officials.
The NBA investigated the incident and found that no “individual threatened others with a weapon.”
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and Joe Morgan contributed to this report.