The Memphis Grizzlies suspended Ja Morant from team activities on May 14, after a video on social media circulated showing the All-Star brandishing a firearm. In March, the NBA had decided to suspend the two-time all-star for eight games for a similar incident, where he was captured on Instagram Live holding a handgun in a Denver-area Night club.
Now the league, has announced Friday that Ja Morant will be suspended for 25 games to start the 2023-2024 season due to conduct detrimental to the league.
“Ja Morant’s decision to once again wield a firearm on social media is alarming and disconcerting given his similar conduct in March for which he was already suspended eight games,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “The potential for other young people to emulate Ja’s conduct is particularly concerning. Under these circumstances, we believe a suspension of 25 games is appropriate and makes clear that engaging in reckless and irresponsible behavior with guns will not be tolerated.”
The suspension also means that Morant won’t be allowed to participate in any public league or team activities, including preseason games.
“For Ja, basketball needs to take a back seat at this time. Prior to his return to play, he will be required to formulate and fulfill a program with the league that directly addresses the circumstances that led him to repeat this destructive behavior.”
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