The Memphis Grizzlies are uncertain when Ja Morant will return to the team after he was suspended for off-court behavior. Head coach Taylor Jenkins stated that Morant will be out for at least two games. The team is focused on supporting Morant through this difficult process.
Police in Glendale, Colorado, are investigating whether Morant violated gun laws after a video was posted online that shows him brandishing a pistol at a strip club. The NBA will also have a say in when Morant can return to the court, as a violation of their rules could result in a lengthy suspension. Morant has been accused of other incidents, including assaulting a teenager and threatening him with a gun after a pickup game.
The Grizzlies were aware of the social media post and issued a statement, saying they are investigating the matter. Morant did not play in the Grizzlies’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and is out for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Desmond Bane, one of Morant’s teammates, expressed the team’s support and love for Morant, saying they are ready to welcome him back whenever he is ready.
Morant released a statement apologizing for his actions and taking full responsibility. His social media accounts have since been deactivated. He said he plans to take some time away to get help and work on better methods of dealing with stress and his overall well-being.
Morant is one of the faces of the NBA and a contender for the NBA Most Valuable Player award this season. He has been averaging 27.1 points, 8.2 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game this season, and was named to his second straight All-Star Game.