Grizzlies Star Guard Ja Morant Suspended by NBA for 25 Games
The Memphis Grizzlies have announced that their star guard, Ja Morant, has been suspended without pay for 25 games due to “conduct detrimental to the NBA.”
Morant was previously suspended from all team activities in May after a video surfaced on social media of him appearing to hold a gun. This marks the second time in just two months that he has been caught with a firearm on camera.
A Troubling Pattern Emerges
This is not the first time that Morant has found himself in hot water due to firearms. In March of this year, he was also suspended for eight games after holding a gun while at a Colorado nightclub.
Though he initially apologized and promised to do better following his initial suspension, it appears as though these incidents are part of an ongoing pattern of behavior.
NBA Program Required To Address Issues
In order for him to return from his current suspension, Morant must complete an NBA program designed specifically to address the underlying issues that led him down this path. The league hopes that this will help prevent any future incidents from occurring.
Morant Takes Responsibility For His Actions
“I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me,” said Morant in response to his most recent incident. “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.”
The Grizzlies have voiced their support for Morant as he works to address his personal issues. However, they also emphasized that the team takes these matters very seriously and hopes that this incident will serve as a wakeup call.
What’s Next For The Grizzlies?
Morant is an integral part of the Grizzlies’ lineup and his absence will be greatly felt during his suspension. It remains to be seen how the team will adjust in his absence or what steps they’ll take moving forward once he returns from completing the NBA program.