The NBA has announced they have suspended Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant without pay for eight games. Morant’s suspension was cited for conduct detrimental to the league. This suspension includes the six games he has already missed while away from the team. Morant has been in the news for a lot of bad reasons lately including flashing a gun in a club on his Instagram live account. Morant met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in New York about the incident. The NBA could not determine if the gun was his or if he brought it to the club himself in their investigation.
The NBA is suspending Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant for eight games without pay for conduct detrimental to the league, sources tell ESPN.
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Adam Silver said the following in a statement after the Ja Morant suspension was announced: “Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless, and potentially very dangerous. It also has serious consequences given his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans who look up to him. He has expressed sincere contrition and remorse for his behavior. Ja has also made it clear to me that he has learned from this incident and that he understands his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA community extend well beyond his play on the court.”
This season Ja Morant is averaging 27.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He has paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 46.3 percent and a three-point percentage of 31.6 percent. Morant will be eligible to play again on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks. There is no word if he will play in that game at this time due to the ramp-up needed to get back on the court.