The NBA has suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant for 25 games due to gun incidents.
Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies has been suspended for 25 games without pay for “conduct detrimental to the NBA.”
Morant, 23, was “suspended from all team activities” in May after appearing to handle a gun for the second time in two months in a social media video.
His reinstatement is contingent on finishing an NBA program that “directly addresses the circumstances that led him to repeat this destructive behavior.”
Morant was suspended for eight games following the March incident.
On that occasion, a video showed the All-Star guard, the second overall choice in 2019, clutching a gun in a Colorado nightclub before apologizing and promising to “get help.”
“I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” he said in a statement.
Morant stated that he is “committed to continuing to work on myself” following the last incident, in which he posed with a gun in a car with several other people as they departed a social gathering in Memphis during an Instagram live broadcast.
“I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me,” Morant said.
“This is a journey, and I recognize that there is still work to be done.” My words may not mean much right now, but I accept complete responsibility for my actions.”
The NBA season in 2023-24 begins in October, with each team playing 82 regular-season games.
Morant’s suspension is effective immediately, according to the NBA, and will last for the first 25 games in which he is otherwise eligible and able to play.
“Ballroom needs to take a back seat for Ja at this time,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.
“[His] decision to re-use a firearm on social media is alarming and troubling.”
“The possibility that other young people will emulate Ja’s behavior is particularly concerning.” Under these conditions, we feel a ban of 25 games is reasonable and demonstrates that dangerous and irresponsible firearms behavior will not be condoned.”