Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant apparently took a video of himself with what appeared to be a toy gun just one day after he allegedly brandished a gun in a social media video for the second time.
On Friday, the NBA announced that Morant would be suspended for the first 25 games of the 2023-24 season for conduct detrimental to the league.
A video obtained by TMZ shows a right arm with tattoos identical to Morant’s. At one point in the video, the gun is used to light a couple of candles.
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Before the video ends, the person believed to be Morant appears to say, «You hold it and it all comes out.»
In March, Morant displayed a handgun during an Instagram live video feed while inside a Denver-area nightclub. the nba he subsequently suspended him for eight games.
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During a recent appearance on «The Dan Patrick Show,» NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the second incident.
«It’s something I’m thinking about a lot because, again, I’m not going to go into detail about the investigation, but, in fact, if you’re live-streaming something to the world that looks exactly like a weapon and in a way, frankly , reckless, should it matter whether or not it’s a real weapon?» he said silver.
On Friday, Silver called Morant’s decision to pick up a gun on social media for the second time «alarming.»
«Ja Morant’s decision to resume carrying a firearm on social media is alarming and disconcerting given his similar conduct in March for which he has already been suspended eight games,» Silver said in a statement announcing the 25-game suspension. of Morant.
«The potential for other youth to emulate Ja’s conduct is particularly troubling. Under these circumstances, we believe a 25-game suspension is appropriate and makes it clear that reckless and irresponsible behavior with weapons will not be tolerated.»
Morant issued an apology shortly after the suspension was handed down.
«I have had time to reflect and realize the damage I have caused,» Morant said in a statement Friday. «I want to apologize to the NBA, the Grizzlies, my teammates and the city of Memphis. To Adam Silver, [Grizzlies GM] Zach Kleiman and [Grizzlies owner] Robert Pera, who gave me the opportunity to be a professional athlete and has supported me, I am sorry for the damage I have done.
«To the kids who look up to me, I’m sorry I failed you as a role model. I promise I will be better. To all my sponsors, I will be a better representation of our brands.» And to all my fans, I’ll make it up to you, I promise.»
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A two-time NBA All-Star, Morant averaged 26.2 points, 8.1 assists and 5.9 assists last season.