Ja Morant has been very controversial lately. Due to this, the Memphis Grizzlies superstar was suspended for at least two games. Despite his amazing performances on the court, Morant has been problematic, which is why he won’t be with the team in Los Angeles.
The Grizzlies will conclude their 4-game road trip in California without their superstar guard. They will face the Clippers on Sunday, Mar. 5, while the final game of the trip will be against the Lakers on Tuesday.
Morant was suspended for allegedly flashing his gun on Instagram. This behavior is simply not acceptable considering all the controversy that the 2-time All-Star has been involved in recently.
Ja Morant suspended for at least two games for flashing firearm
Last summer, the Memphis Grizzlies guard reportedly got into a fight with a 17-year-old boy during a pickup basketball game. After assaulting the teenage boy, Morant allegedly flashed his gun as well.
In January 2023, the talented guard was involved in a laser incident. The Indiana Pacers claimed that someone was pointing a laser at them after their matchup against the Grizzlies. The laser was pointed from the vehicle that was carrying Morant.
Morant’s behavior has been acceptable, but to make matters worse, he appears to have flashed his gun during his live video on Instagram. The video was posted shortly after Memphis’ loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
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Shortly after the video surfaced, the NBA released a statement, saying that Morant would be investigated. While it’s hard to say whether the gun was real or not, this was not a good look for the 23-year-old guard.
Ja Morant also had a finger gun celebration earlier this week, which could have played a role in his suspension.
Ja Morant suspended, basketball fans having a field day
Basketball fans had many hilarious reactions to the news of Morant’s suspension. Considering that the Grizzlies superstar hasn’t acted appropriately, a lot of fans believe that he deserves to be suspended.
One fan jokingly said that Morant now has more time to hit strip clubs.
Another Twitter user brought up gun violence and implied that the former Rookie of the Year should have been suspended for a longer period.
Morant will have to change if he wants to be the face of the NBA. The suspension should help him with this, which is why fans are hoping that he’ll receive the message.
Many social media users posted memes regarding Ja Morant’s suspension. One of them even posted an edited picture of “John Wick,” a popular movie, but with the Grizzlies guard instead of Keanu Reeves.
Considering how problematic the guard has been, many fans wanted him to get suspended and they didn’t even hide it.
Miles Bridges, who had a domestic violence charge, was also brought up by Twitter users.
How long is Ja Morant suspended for and when will he return?
The Memphis Grizzlies announced that Ja Morant was suspended for at least two games. However, the suspension could last longer and there is a chance that the superstar will be sidelined for at least a week.
After their road trip, the Grizzlies will have two games at home before hitting the road again. It’s important to note that the suspension came from the team. Morant could also be suspended by the NBA if he’s found guilty.
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Morant has been the best player on the Grizzlies this season. He’s averaging 27.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. Besides his impressive stats, the 6-foot-3 guard has been very fun to watch thanks to his incredible athleticism.