News about a 25-game suspension for Ja Morant has gotten NBA fans across the world engaged and involved. As most of us should be aware by now, Ja has been getting into a fair share of trouble after being associated with multiple incidents, all involving the carrying of firearms.
Although he never used it or did anything illegal, this is a very bad look for the league and his franchise. After all, Morant is one of the young stars in the league and has a large fan base.
His actions certainly hold the power to influence others. Ja was already punished for a similar incident and suspended. Now that he has committed a similar offense for the second time, the punishment has been greatly increased. Since being a player is his source of income, there is no denying that this suspension has taken a hit on Morant’s finances. With that being said, let us take a closer look at how much money Ja stands to lose over this entire ordeal.
Ja Morant is expected to lose almost $8 million by missing 25 games
It is quite sad to see that a young man is on the verge of throwing his career away. Especially if the notions that he has engaged in this kind of behavior in order to look gangster or cool are true. Ja has been given an opportunity to change his life as well as the lives of the people close to him. Instead of taking advantage of his situation, his reckless actions are creating a bad image and negatively impacting his future.
Being associated with guns, gangs or violence is something that simply does not look good for the NBA. Hence they have taken strict action despite the fact that it would be a loss for the entire league to not have Morant on the court for a third of the season. According to the estimated calculations, Ja is expected to lose $7.6 million for the 25-game suspension. This is quite a significant loss since he recently signed a supermax contract for #194 million. It breaks down further to $304,545 per game missed.
The 25-game Ja Morant suspension will cost $7.6M.
$304,545 for every game missed
Morant is entering year 1 of a $194M rookie max extension that he signed last July.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 16, 2023
Although we don’t doubt that Ja will be able to make back this money, it must certainly dishearten him to see his new earnings taken away from him due to his own behavior. Hopefully, this suspension resolves his issue with certainty.