NBA superstar and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant is now under investigation by the NBA and the Glendale Police Department for appearing to wave a firearm on his Instagram live Friday night.
This incident took place after the Memphis Grizzles traveled to Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets.
Additionally, Morant appeared to be in a nightclub when the Instagram live took place.
The Grizzlies Take Action
The Memphis Grizzlies were quick to take action after Morant’s Instagram live went viral the morning of March 6. Head coach Taylor Jenkins explained how there is no specific timetable for Morant’s return.
“We have said that it’ll be at least these two games,” Jenkins said in a press conference before the team’s loss to the Clippers. “We are going to take it a day at a time. This is going to be an ongoing healing process.”
Prior to the incident, the Grizzlies players reportedly held a player-only meeting about better behavior during away games due to the lackluster record of the team when on the road.
The NBA’s Investigation of Morant
NBA spokesman Mike Bass: “We are aware of a social media post involving Ja Morant and are investigating.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 4, 2023
The NBA has yet to issue a fine or suspension on Morant. However, a punishment could be issued if the league concludes that there were wrongdoings in the investigation. The investigation is currently ongoing.
Glendale Police Department Makes it a Legal Situation
Morant is now under police investigation by the Glendale Police Department. This escalates the situation as charges could be issued.
The department confirmed that the incident took place in a bar outside of Denver. Furthermore, the police captain stated that he did not receive any complaints about the actions that took place.
Morant Acknowledges his Actions
The day after the Instagram live video went viral, Ja Morant issued a statement regarding his actions.
Ja Morant has released a statement pic.twitter.com/AlHl88rFKY
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 4, 2023
Morant has not had a good run within the media the past couple of weeks with other off-the-court allegations and issues. The Memphis organization hopes that he will be able to get the necessary help he needs as the team is preparing for a playoff run.