After posting an Instagram Live video of himself Saturday holding a gun at a bar, Colorado police are investigating Memphis Grizzlies All-Star guard Ja Morant.
Glendale Police are “aware of the incident circulating on the internet involving an NBA player at a nightclub with a what seems to be a gun in the early morning hours of March 4, 2023.”
We are investigating a Glendale bar incident. “The Glendale Police Department does not comment on pending investigations,” it added.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 23-year-old momentarily flashed a revolver while listening to music at a nightclub in an Instagram video taken early Saturday morning and widely shared on social media.
Morant apologised via his representative for the video and said he will “take some time apart to get therapy and concentrate on learning new methods of coping with stress and my overall well-being.”
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The standout point guard’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were shut soon after.
When the Grizzlies announced Morant would “be gone from the club for at least the next two games,” head coach Taylor Jenkins indicated Sunday there is no schedule for his return.
Jenkins told reporters before Sunday night’s Clippers game, “There’s not a definitive date.”
“We said at least these two games. Day-by-day. Healing will continue. I can’t comment on the timeframe because this isn’t a timetable matter.”
CNN said that an NBA official is examining the footage and star point guard.
Jenkins claimed Morant understood his “tough and stupid actions in the past.”
His statement is self-explanatory. Jenkins added, “He recognises he needs support to improve himself and his team.”
“He’s embracing his faults, but only time will tell. We will support and hold him accountable for those changes.”
Jenkins said the crew took the video “extremely seriously.”
Jenkins said, “I want to clarify two things.” “Supportive. Needing support to become better. We also have team responsibility. Gun violence is a major issue nationwide and league-wide. That’s how we’re supporting Ja through this growth opportunity inside. It teaches. Hopefully, we’ll improve.”
Jenkins said the team will support Morant throughout the process.
He’s loved. We want his best. Support him. Jenkins added, “It’ll be tough, but we’ve got a wonderful team.”
Morant, 23, played in his second All-Star game last month and averages 27.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game.
Memphis plays the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday before hosting the Warriors on Thursday.