Ja Morant, a star player for the Memphis Grizzlies, is currently being investigated by both the NBA and Colorado police after a video surfaced showing him allegedly holding a gun inside a nightclub earlier this month. The Grizzlies have been struggling in Morant’s absence, having lost three games in a row, including their latest defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. During the TNT pre-game show prior to the game, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal expressed his opinion on the situation, placing the blame solely on Morant and questioning his decision-making.
“There’s no excuse for what he did,” O’Neal said. “He pushed a button on his phone. He went live. You don’t go live, nobody knows he has the weapon, we’re not talking about this. But he did that. Why are you in the strip club with no shirt? Why are you walking around with a weapon? And why did you hit the live button? We have to stop putting ourselves in positions to where they can take away the things we worked to get.
“But remember, he put himself in this position. He didn’t have to go live. You have to pick your phone up, swipe to find Instagram, get on Instagram, swipe again, hit the live button, wait for it to connect. You have to have enough common sense to know that wasn’t gonna go the way you wanted it to go. You’re not a rapper, you’re an NBA player. I don’t know where you’re from, I don’t know who’s hanging out with you. That don’t matter. When it’s you making the decision, you gotta be smart. We gotta stop putting ourselves in positions to where they can take it back.”
Shaq also called on Morant to think about how his actions will affect his family.
“I feel for him now, but I also feel for his mother and father. Like what are they going through?” O’Neal said. “Guys, before you make a dumb decision, a dumb choice, think of the higher power. Your mother, your father, your children… Forget all the investigation. I don’t like to hear ‘What’s Nike gonna do? What’s the other company gonna do?’ We already seen the other situation where one of our guys lost 30 million. You don’t want to see a young kid like him lose that money. We have to stop putting ourselves in those positions.”