Ja Morant, the point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, was recently suspended and is now facing legal trouble for a video posted on Instagram Live. The video, filmed in Glendale, Colorado, showed Morant dancing in a nightclub while holding what appeared to be a handgun. The Colorado police are now investigating whether Morant broke any laws during this incident.
Although no calls or complaints were made about Morant, the police started investigating the matter after learning about the video circulating online. Morant has already been suspended by the Grizzlies for at least two games, and the NBA is also investigating the incident.
Morant has been in the news recently for his off-court actions, including two police reports from summer 2022 that were made public last week. In one report, he was accused of assaulting and later flashing a gun at a 17-year-old during a pickup basketball game. In another report, a mall security guard accused Morant of threatening him.
“He’s definitely embracing the mistakes that he’s made, but only time will tell. We’re going to support him, and we’re going to hold him accountable to make those changes,” said Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins. “We love him, we want what’s best for him, we support him. It’s going to be a difficult process, but we’ve got a great group to get through this,” he added.
In a statement, Morant apologized for his actions, saying that he plans to “get help and work on learning better methods for dealing with stress and my overall well-being.”