Yes, Morant will miss at least the next two games for the Memphis Grizzlies. The team announced this on Saturday, not long after the NBA started looking into the guard’s social media posts in which he livestreamed himself with what looked like a gun in a nightclub.
Morant streamed the video to his Instagram page, but the video was not saved after he stopped streaming. The Grizzlies play in Denver on Friday night. On Saturday, they fly to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Sunday and the Lakers on Tuesday.
“We know about the social media posts about Ja Morant and are looking into them,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said on Saturday.
If the league finds that Morant did something wrong, he could be fined or sent to the bench. The Grizzlies say that Morant won’t play again until Thursday, when they play the Golden State Warriors at home. It’s not clear if he will go to Los Angeles with the Grizzlies or not.
Morant, a two-time All-Star who averages 27.1 points and 8.2 assists per game, is leading Memphis, which is currently No. 2 in the West.
This is at least the second time in the past few weeks that a league has looked into Morant. Morant’s behavior in Memphis on January 29 is being looked into by the league. He says that a friend of his was banned from home games for a year because of what happened.
The incident happened after a game against the Indiana Pacers. The Indianapolis Star and USA Today, citing unnamed sources, said that several Pacers saw a red dot pointed at them, and The Athletic said that a Pacers guard thought the laser was attached to the weapon. The NBA confirmed that some people who weren’t named weren’t allowed in the arena, but its investigation found no proof that anyone had been threatened with a gun.
Morant said on Twitter that the news stories “painted a bad picture of me and my family. And told my brother he couldn’t play at home for a year. Unbelievable.” In the video, the Pacers players and Morant’s friend, who was sitting courtside, could be heard yelling at each other. Wormster Parker, a close friend of Morant’s, was taken out of the arena after someone on the Pacers bench yelled at him.
A 17-year-old says that Parker and Morant beat him at Morant’s house last summer. This is the reason why Parker and Morant are being sued in civil court. In January, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said, “We were aware of the incident, and after reviewing the facts carefully, we decided there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward with the case.”
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As the second pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Morant became a full-fledged star. His $194 million deal with the Grizzlies starts next season, and if he makes the All-NBA team this season, it goes up to about $230 million.
He is also asked to talk about things. Nike showed off Morant’s first signature shoe for Christmas. The shoe is expected to come out in the next few weeks. This week, Powerade said that they had signed a multi-year deal with Morant.
The Powerade deal was made public on the same day that The Washington Post published a story based on police records about how Morant and some of his friends were “accused of threatening and even violent behavior,” the paper said.