Ja Morant, a Memphis Grizzlies player, is accused of hitting and threatening a youth with a gun. The NBA player has received criticism on social media. Meanwhile, a video of Commissioner Adam Silver announcing Morant’s indefinite suspension is doing the rounds on Twitter.
NBA star Ja Morant got into legal trouble when a 17-year-old accused him of repeatedly hitting him during a pickup basketball game at Morant’s Tennessee home last July. After a match-related argument spiraled out of control, the youngster claimed so.
After entering his home, the Memphis Grizzlies player returned with a “gun visible in the waistband of his jeans and his hand on the gun.” The Washington Post cited interviews with the youth conducted by police from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, which said he also claimed to have a “large knot” that Morant hit him on the side of the head .
Morant, 23, was threatened again. Authorities were informed by a mall security guard that Ja Morant had “threatened” him following an incident in the mall’s car park. He said a member of Morant’s group “punched him in the head”. According to The Washington Post, this event allegedly took place four days before the event involving the youth.
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Ja Morant agents and legal counsel are issuing a statement
Ja Morant’s attorney and representative have issued a statement in response to the information provided by The Washington Post’s Molly Hensley-Clancy. The Hensley report, Clancy’s according to Butler Snow LLP attorney S. Keenan Carter, is a falsehood and legal action is being considered.
The Memphis Grizzlies star’s behavior towards the youngster was described by Tandem Sports and Entertainment’s Jim Tanner as self-defense. Tanner stated the NBA and police previously looked into the situation and determined his client was not responsible for anything.
All claims regarding firearms have been thoroughly investigated, according to Tanner, who released a statement. “That includes last month’s NBA inquiry, which found no evidence. The July 26 event was strictly an act of self-defense. After a thorough investigation by law enforcement, they again decided not to press charges against Ja.”
The two alleged incidents are the latest in a long line of worrying allegations against Morant. Last month, the league investigated allegations by the Indiana Pacers that Morant’s friends “aggressively approached” Pacers teammates along the way.
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