NBA Player Ja Morant Stumbled upon Firearms Possession Case


NBA player Ja Morant. Photo: Reuters/Troy Taormina

TENNESSEE – Ja Morant, guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, has been suspended from the NBA for alleged possession of a firearm found in a video of him partying and getting drunk at a nightclub. On Thursday (16/3/2023), Morant missed his sixth game after undergoing counseling and therapy, as part of his requirements to return to play next week against the Dallas Mavericks.

In a statement, Morant said he felt mentally well and accepted the punishment for his misdeeds. On the other hand, the NBA stated that Morant was suspended because his behavior was deemed bad and detrimental to the reputation of the league. This sanction was given after an investigation into an incident on March 4 at a club in the Denver area.

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According to a report from AFP, the NBA said that “Ja’s behavior was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous. It also had serious consequences given his huge following and influence, especially among the young fans who adore him.”

However, the results of an NBA investigation did not find the firearm that appeared to be Morant’s. Morant himself was not in possession of a weapon while traveling with the team or in any NBA facility, and Colorado authorities have found insufficient grounds to charge him with a crime.

Morant did not reveal who owned the gun involved in the incident or how he got hold of it. However, he stated that he takes full responsibility for his actions and plans to show everyone who he really is and change this narrative.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also said that Morant has expressed sincere remorse for his behavior and has made it clear that he has learned from this incident and understands his obligation and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the wider NBA community.


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