The NBA launched an investigation stemming from a postgame incident final month involving Pacers workforce members and associates of Grizzlies star Ja Morant, wherein the latter social gathering was accused of coaching a pink laser on the Indiana membership.

Not lengthy after the Grizzlies defeated the Pacers in a heated contest on Jan. 29, some inside Morant’s interior circle “aggressively confronted” these touring with the Pacers, The Athletic reported Sunday. It noting the obvious incident unfolded close to Indiana’s workforce bus that was positioned within the loading zone of Memphis’ FedExForum. Davonte Pack, a buddy of Morant’s who “directed expletives at a number of Pacers gamers” throughout the sport, is alleged to have shouted remarks on the visiting membership postgame with others, per the report.


Ja Morant (12) handles the ball for the Grizzlies in opposition to the Pacers’ Chris Duarte on Jan. 29, 2023.
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Upon coming into the loading zone, Morant joined Pack and one other particular person in an SUV that’s mentioned to have made its method towards the Pacers bus, “turned, slowed,” with these related to the Pacers believing to see “a pink laser coming from the automotive.”

“We felt we have been in grave hazard,” one particular person instructed The Athletic of the incident.

Although two associates of the Pacers’ social gathering didn’t see who was behind the obvious laser, they’re additionally unsure if the pointer was hooked up to a gun.

In a press release to The Athletic, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass mentioned the league seemed into the allegations made by the Pacers.


Grizzlies star Ja Morant brings up the ball during a game against the Pacers on Jan. 29, 2023.
Grizzlies star Ja Morant brings up the ball throughout a sport in opposition to the Pacers on Jan. 29, 2023.
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Ja Morant (12) handles the ball for the Grizzlies during a game against the Pacers on Jan. 29, 2023.
Ja Morant (12) handles the ball for the Grizzlies throughout a sport in opposition to the Pacers on Jan. 29, 2023.
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“NBA Safety and league investigators performed an investigation interviewing quite a few eyewitnesses and reviewing video surveillance following allegations made by the Indiana Pacers group concerning a postgame incident on Jan. 29. Whereas we substantiated {that a} postgame scenario arose that was confrontational, primarily based on interviews and different proof gathered, we couldn’t corroborate that any particular person threatened others with a weapon,” the assertion mentioned.

“Sure people concerned within the postgame scenario and a associated matter throughout the sport that night time have been subsequently banned from attending video games within the enviornment. If extra data turns into out there associated to the postgame scenario, the league workplace will conduct an additional overview,” the assertion concluded.

A consultant for the Grizzlies instructed The Athletic the membership “complied fully with the league’s investigation and are abiding by its findings.”