UPDATE: Sunday night, Memphis Grizzlies coach, Taylor Jenkins, said there is no timeline for Ja Morant’s return. He said while Morant has made poor choices and should be held accountable, he has the team’s support.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Grizzlies Superstar Ja Morant finds himself the subject of controversy yet again after an early morning social media post appears to show Morant holding a gun inside a club.
All of this comes as Nike is set to release Morant’s first signature shoes, the Ja 1’s, next month. The Grizzlies star guard also just inked an endorsement deal with Powerade.
The NBA has released the following statement: “We are aware of a social media post involving Ja Morant and are investigating.”
Ja Morant issued the following statement Saturday afternoon: “I take full responsibility for my actions last night. I’m sorry to my family, teammate, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down. I’m going to take some time away to get help and work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being.”
The Grizzlies have issued the following statement saying: “The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that Ja Morant will be away from the team for at least the next two games.”
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, Ja’s social media accounts have been disabled with both his Instagram page and his Twitter page showing unavailable or not found.
After losing in Denver last night, the Grizz are in Los Angeles today but will not practice ahead of their game against the Clippers on Sunday night.
This is not the first incident that has happened surrounding the All-Star player. Most recently, Morant has been accused of making threatening statement to a Memphis mall guard.
Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant was accused of threatening a mall security guard during a disturbance last summer at Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis, according to a newly obtained police report.