Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant has released a statement following his suspension from the organization.
Morant found himself in hot water again over the weekend. A friend posted a live Instagram video that included Morant in a car ride, and it looked as though the 23-year-old All-Star was flashing a gun.
The Grizzlies later announced that Morant has been suspended from team activities. On Tuesday night, Morant shared a statement following his suspension, via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
“I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me. This is a journey and I recognize there is more work to do. My words may not mean much right now, but I take full accountability for my actions. I’m committed to continuing to work on myself.”
This incident is troubling because it’s not the first involving Morant this year. Back in March, Morant posted a video of himself flashing a gun at a night club in Denver, Colorado. Though he didn’t face criminal charges, Morant was handed an eight-game suspension by the league for the incident.
Morant, the No. 2 selection of the 2019 NBA draft, later attended counseling for stress management. In 61 games for the Grizzlies this season, Morant averaged 26.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game.
The Grizzlies finished as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference this year, but they were upset by LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Memphis has qualified for the postseason in each of the last three years thanks to Morant’s efforts. The 2020 Rookie of the Year and the 2022 Most Improved Player award winner earned a second straight All-Star selection this season.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.