Ja Morant suspended eight video games by NBA after strip-club gun video
Ja Morant has been disciplined by the NBA, however he’s inching nearer to a return to the court docket.
The NBA introduced Wednesday that the Grizzlies star is suspended eight video games for “holding a firearm in an intoxicated state whereas visiting a Denver space nightclub.”
Morant, 23, has been away from the group since March 4, when he went on Instagram Reside and posted a video of himself brandishing a gun at a Denver-area strip membership.
The suspension covers the 5 video games Morant has already missed, so he’s eligible to return on Monday in opposition to the Mavericks.
Nevertheless, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins instructed reporters Wednesday that Morant is unlikely to play in opposition to Dallas after a two-week layoff.
“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and doubtlessly very harmful,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned in an announcement. “It additionally has critical penalties given his huge following and affect, notably amongst younger followers who look as much as him.
“He has expressed honest regret for his conduct. Ja has additionally made it clear to me that he has realized from this incident and that he understands his obligations and accountability to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA group prolong nicely past his play on the court docket.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier Wednesday that Morant has left the counseling program that he was attending in Florida and met with Silver on Wednesday.
Morant’s ill-timed strip membership video marked the newest in a collection of occasions by which he was investigated by police however not charged.
Altogether, there was a confrontation with a mall safety guard, an altercation with a highschool basketball prospect in a pickup sport at Morant’s Memphis-area dwelling the place each side accused the opposite of threatening additional violence, and one other confrontation with an adversary of his youthful sister’s at a highschool volleyball sport.
Morant was additionally the topic of an NBA investigation after members of the Pacers accused his associates of pointing a crimson laser at them following a confrontation.
The NBA mentioned on the conclusion of that investigation that it couldn’t “corroborate” that weapons had been concerned within the incident.
The timetable of the NBA’s present investigation into Morant is unclear.
Wojnarowski had reported Monday that Morant was on the counseling program, but it surely was not specified when he entered it.
This previous weekend, The Publish obtained unique photographs of the two-night extravaganza on the institution by which Morant was mentioned to have dropped about $50,000 in money.
“I take full accountability for my actions final night time,” Morant mentioned in an announcement after the strip membership video was going viral on social media. “I’m sorry to my household, teammates, coaches, followers, companions, the town of Memphis and your complete Grizzlies group for letting you down.”
The Grizzlies are in a decent race with the Kings for second place within the Western Convention, with Memphis presently main by one sport with a report of 41-26 and 15 video games remaining within the common season for each groups.