Ja Morant is a hot topic in the NBA and for all the wrong reasons. The Memphis Grizzlies guard is making headlines for punching a 17-year-old and threatening him with a gun. This news has shocked some fans and left them concerned. After the 17-year-old made the allegations, the NBA and the Grizzlies are yet to make a decision. As it stands, it is not a good look for the young guard.
Nonetheless, there is a video that is circulating like wildfire, of NBA commissioner, Adam Silver. In the video, Adam Silver is suspending Ja for his behavior off the court. “Ja Morant is a public figure in the city of Memphis, he is a role model for children all over the city, however, it disappoints me to see how he has not made good choices as of late. That is why I have decided to suspend Ja from the NBA indefinitely. I hope he learns during this time that his thuggish and gangster activities are prohibited by the NBA. I hope to see no more pointing lasers, punching minors, and threatening store employees.”
BREAKING: Adam Silver announces that the NBA has indefinitely suspended Ja Morant. pic.twitter.com/xuMvtZ7Xky
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The video circulating on the internet is fake and does not contain the original audio. Fans are awaiting what stance the NBA takes on the matter concerning Ja Morant for his off-the-court antics. However, the magnitude of the allegations is strong and could leave Morant with serious consequences.
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In the actual video, Adam Silver is praising the presence of many international players in the league.“International players interestingly enough, our top 5 scorers in the league are from 5 different countries and are All-Stars, are roughly a third or so are international players playing here this weekend.” Said Adam Silver.
Taylor Jenkins refuses to comment on the lawsuit against Ja Morant
The incident where Morant punched the 17-year-old did not attract any criminal charges and is a different lawsuit. According to The Washington Post, Morant has claimed, that he acted in self-defense, as the 17-year-old boy was the one who started it. The Post’s Candance Buckner’s tweet proves this: “I deleted a previous tweet that incorrectly stated Morant *pointed* a gun at the 17-year-old boy. The actual alleged version of events is in the story: the boy told detectives Morant had a gun visible in his waistband and placed his hand on the weapon.”
Ja claims that the 17-year-old threw the ball at his face, which instigated the fight. “unsubstantiated rumors and gossip … being put out by people motivated to tear Ja down and tarnish his reputation for their own financial gain,” said Ja’s agent, Jim Tanner.
Ja Morant was accused of punching a 17-year-old boy 12-13 times and flashing a gun at him during a pickup basketball game last summer, according to a police report obtained by @mollyhc
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 1, 2023
However, when the Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins was asked about the incident, he refused to comment. “Yeah, respectfully we are not going to comment on that.” Said, Jenkins. Despite the lawsuit being shut, it has left many with mixed conclusions. Since the incidents that happened at the FedEx Forum, nothing can be concluded clearly.