Ja Morant incident came after players-only meeting about showing ‘better discipline’ on road: report

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Memphis Grizzlies veteran center Steven Adams reportedly spoke at a players-only meeting and told teammates they should sit on the road for games given their disappointing away record.

The meeting came before Ja Morant was seen on livestream brandishing a gun at a nightclub after the Grizzlies’ game Friday night against the Denver Nuggets, The Athletic reported Monday. NBA reporter Shams Charnia elaborated on Bali Sports ‘The Rally’ topic.

“There was only one player meeting where Steven Adams, their veteran center, talked about how the team needs to show better discipline on the road. How should one stay away,” said Charanya.

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Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies and Steven Adams #4 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrate together during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum on February 28, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Justin Ford/Getty Images)

“From the people in the room, when Steven Adams spoke they knew exactly who he was directing — it was none other than Ja Morant. Obviously, though, Ja Morant early Saturday morning. Went out. That video was posted. With the gun and questions. Was the gun his? Did he have a license? Was he traveling with the gun? Where did the gun come from? Did it belong to a friend? More How many weapons were there? Is it even legal to carry? A weapon in the area they were in?”

Memphis is 12-20 on the road.

Morant is now under police investigation in Colorado after the incident. 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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Ja Morant #12 and Steven Adams #4 of the Memphis Grizzlies talk during the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on November 30, 2022 in Minnesota, Minnesota.

Ja Morant #12 and Steven Adams #4 of the Memphis Grizzlies talk during the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on November 30, 2022 in Minnesota, Minnesota. (David Birding/Getty Images)

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.

March 3, 2023;  Denver, Colorado, USA;  Memphis Grizzlies Jay Morant (12) dribbles during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Ball Arena.

March 3, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Memphis Grizzlies Jay Morant (12) dribbles during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Ball Arena. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

“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.

Steven Adams #4 looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 31, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Steven Adams #4 looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 31, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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“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.

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