Grizzlies’ Ja Morant reportedly being investigated by police after flashing gun on social media
According to multiple reports, Memphis Grizzlies defenseman Ja Morant is under police investigation in Glendale, Colorado, after he reportedly flashed a gun at the city’s nightclub during an Instagram live stream over the weekend.
Glendale Police Captain Jamie Dillon told The Associated Press on Monday they received no calls or complaints about Moran, but they began to look into the situation after learning about the video. Colorado has open carry firearms laws “regulated by local county and municipal governments.”
ESPN reported “NBA rules prohibit a player from owning a firearm while on team property or traveling on team business.”
The Grizzlies have already suspended Morant for at least two games, although head coach Taylor Jenkins said Saturday the team has no timeline for Morant’s return.
“Now the focus is on Jah taking responsibility to really get the help he needs to get better in general but also on the other side to be in a better place to take responsibility and expectations in as a member of this team. “That’s what we’re having a dialogue about. That’s what we’re going to support him through, but we’re also going to hold him accountable.”
Morant issued an apology through his agent, adding that he plans to “take a break for a while”.
Much has been written and written about Morant in the past week after a Washington Post article alleged that Morant repeatedly punched the teenager in the head and threatened him with a gun last summer. A month earlier, Morant’s associates were also accused of threatening an Indiana Pacers employee.
All of this comes in the midst of his fourth — and arguably best — season in the NBA, with Morant earning his second All-Star nod and averaging 27.1 points per game and 8.2 assists per game. The Grizzles also currently sit second in the Western Conference behind the Denver Nuggets and lead the third-place Sacramento Kings with 18 games remaining in the regular season.