Ja Morant does it again


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After receiving a suspension from eight games, point guard Ja Morant once again flashed a gun on social media. He apologized to his fanbase after the video spread around the internet. He continues to work on himself to satisfy the people counting on him.

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Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies point guard, strikes again in a live video with his associate Davonte Pack. May 14 Morant lip-synced a song from NBA Young Boy’s latest album, and moments later, Morant held up a firearm and Pack immediately put the camera down. This incident led to Morant receiving an indefinite suspension from the NBA.

Earlier this March, Morant found himself suspended for eight games after flashing guns in a Colorado nightclub. Popular companies such as Powerade and Coca-Cola pushed off an endorsement deal with Morant after seeing his actions. His fans assumed he learned his lesson and felt appalled when they saw him flash a firearm on social media twice in two months. Morant pledged to work on better methods of dealing with stress and traveled to a counseling facility in Florida. Morant apologized after the live video surfaced on the internet.

“I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me. This is a journey and I recognize there is more work to do. My words may not mean much right now, but I take full accountability for my actions. I’m committed to continuing to work on myself,” Morant said.

N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver spoke with ESPN’s spokesperson Malika Andrews regarding Morant’s second incident. He fell in disbelief while watching the video. The Instagram Live came from Pack’s account which also remains involved in multiple off-the-court instances that the league has investigated. Pack also found himself banned from Grizzlies games for one year after getting involved in a post-game altercation with the Indiana Pacers January 29, 2023. The Pacers claimed they saw a red laser pointed at them from an SUV with Morant inside. Nevertheless, the league’s investigation could not corroborate that any individual threatened others with a weapon.

While Morant remains suspended from all team activities, he hopes to work on himself for the purpose of his team. Fans hope Morant can grow from this incident and he can prosper in the next season.

“I don’t know how Ja Morant could strike again especially after he was out for eight games last season. I thought he would have learned his lesson. If I were in the NBA I wouldn’t let anything take that away from me. I think he should realize that he’s playing for a professional basketball team and not a gang,” NC small forward junior Noah Holloway said.