More than two months after waving a weapon in an Instagram Live video at a strip club in Denver that ended in an eight-game ban, a Saturday Instagram Live video appeared to show Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant carrying a gun in a car.
Morant is briefly spotted holding what appears to be a pistol in social media recordings from an Instagram Live by the user “_dtap2,” before the photographer moves away from him.
The 23-year-old security officer was seen on Instagram Live on March 4 at Shotgun Willie’s in Glendale, Colorado, brandishing a gun with a revolver.
The NBA then handed down the eight-game suspension to Morant, who claimed the pistol wasn’t his. Morant later quit the team and checked into a treatment program.
There was not enough information available to bring charges against anyone with a crime reported by the police in March.
“I am not like that. On March 15, Morant said to NBA commentator and Washington Post writer Jalen Rose on ESPN, “I don’t condone any kind of violence, but I’ve accepted responsibility for my conduct.
May 14, 2023
Ja Morant appeared to be holding a gun in an Instagram Live video posted on Saturday.
Ja Morant appears to flash gun in Instagram Live video again two months after strip club incident.
Morant also said he was “gonna show everybody who Ja really is, what I’m about and change this narrative that nobody got painted over me.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver commented on the incident after Morant was suspended.
“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous,” Silver said in a statement. “It also has serious consequences given his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans who look up to him.
“He has expressed sincere remorse for his behavior. Ja has also made it clear to me that he has learned from this incident and that he understands his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA community extend well beyond his play on the court.”