Grizzlies’ Ja Morant under police investigation following gun incident
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant is under investigation in Colorado after he appeared to brandish a gun at a nightclub after the team played the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, police said.
Morant appeared in a livestream on Instagram and the incident is believed to have been filmed in Glendale, just outside of Denver.
Glendale Police Capt. Jamie Dillon told The Associated Press that officers had not received any calls or complaints about Morant’s actions but began investigating Saturday after learning of the video that went viral on social media.
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Police are investigating whether Morant broke any laws.
There is no timetable for Morant’s return to the team, coach Taylor Jenkins said before Sunday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. The superstar point guard was slated to be sidelined for at least two games.
Jenkins said Morant made “difficult decisions and bad choices” for which he should be held accountable.
“He’s definitely embracing the mistakes that he’s made, but only time will tell. We’re going to support him, and we’re going to hold him accountable for those changes,” Jenkins said of the right move. Morant said, refusing to. Needed to finish to get back at the Grizzlies.
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“We love him, we want what’s best for him, we support him. It’s going to be a difficult process, but we have a great group to get through it.”
Jenkins added that it was “an ongoing healing process.”
Morant apologized for the incident.
“I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” Morant said. “I apologize to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down. I’m going to take some time to get help and work on learning how to do better. Coping with stress and my overall well-being.
The gun incident is the latest in a series of ongoing controversies surrounding the superstar point guard. Morant’s actions came under scrutiny after a Jan. 29 incident in Memphis in which he said one of his friends, Devonte Peck, was banned from home games for a year.
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Morant and Peck are also involved in a civil lawsuit brought after an incident last summer in which a 17-year-old alleged they assaulted him at Morant’s home. The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said in January that it was “aware of the incident, and after a careful review of the facts, decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.