The NBA has handed a 25-game suspension to Ja Morant, one of its most spectacular players, after he appeared with a firearm in two videos within a few months. The Memphis Grizzlies point guard was filmed by one of his friends holding a gun while they were singing in a car during an Instagram live stream.
Morant faced a backlash from fans, media, and even his own teammates over his actions. He also posted some cryptic messages on social media before deleting his accounts.
Ja Morant suspension The NBA announced its decision at the end of the finals, citing its policy on firearms and player conduct. However, a new video surfaced shortly after, showing Morant trying to prove his innocence.
According to TMZ, Morant recorded himself holding the same gun from the second video and showed it to his family and friends. He claimed that it was not a real pistol but a toy gun. He also apologized for causing any hurt.
“I want to say sorry to the NBA, the Grizzlies, my teammates and the city of Memphis. I’ve had time to think and I realize how much hurt I’ve caused,” Morant said in a statement.