Ja Morant breaks silence on viral video where he flashed gun at club: ‘Not who I am’
Jay Morant found himself in trouble last weekend when he flashed a gun during an Instagram Live.
That lapse in judgment ended with him being suspended eight games Wednesday for “holding a firearm in an intoxicated state while visiting a Denver area nightclub.”
Morant also checked into a counseling program to “work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being.”
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The Memphis Grizzlies The superstar said the gun was not his but took “full responsibility” for his actions.
“It’s not who I am. I don’t condone any type of violence, but I take full responsibility for my actions,” Morant said. “I made a bad mistake, and I can see the image that I painted over myself with my recent mistakes, but in the future, I’m going to show everybody who Ja really is, what I’m about and change this narrative. “
The video came just a few days after it was revealed that Morant got into a physical altercation with a teenager at his Memphis home during a game of pickup basketball – Morant flashed a gun in that incident as well, claiming that he acted in self-defense and that the teenager said he would “blow [his house] up like fireworks.”
In February, the Indiana Pacers claimed that after an altercation between associates of Morant and the Pacers, a red laser was pointed at the team from an SUV that was carrying Morant, which the Pacers believed was a gun.
The NBA investigated the incident and found that no “individual threatened others with a weapon.”
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Morant has missed the last six games and will be eligible to return to the court Monday, March 20, against the Dallas Mavericks,