Ja Morant is the future of the Memphis Grizzlies. Drafted second overall in 2019, the guard has a career average of 22.4 points, 7.4 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game. Furthermore, he has come into his own in the past two seasons. If his production continues, he could grow into an MVP candidate and help make the Grizzlies a perennial contender.
However, the 2022-23 season had its low points for Morant. There was the embarrassing first-round exit to the seven-seed Lakers. Then Morant missed out on a $39 million contract bonus for failing to make an All-NBA team. However, the most notable incident relating to Morant this past season was an eight-game suspension. Morant received the punishment for flashing a gun during an Instagram Live stream at a nightclub.
New Day, Same Morant
Remember what we just said about Morant serving an eight-game suspension for flashing a gun while on Instagram Live? Well, Morant's gone and done it again. During an Instagram Live stream on Saturday, Morant once again flashed a firearm to the camera. At the time, he and a friend were driving, with Morant in the passenger seat. While his friend quickly attempted to cover for Morant, screenshots were quickly taken and spread across social media. Comments from the live stream caught in the screenshots can be seen asking things like "You know you have an active cam". However, Morant appeared to be very aware of what was happening when he flashed the firearm.
"Bro on pace to do some generational bag fumbling," one commentator wrote on a DJ Akademiks post sharing the footage of Morant. No official comment from the Grizzlies or NBA has been released about the new footage of Morant. Furthermore, it's unclear if disciplinary action will be pursued, as the story is still developing. However, despite saying he was "completely sorry" for the incident that saw him suspended eight games, he's done the exact same thing once again. If the NBA does choose to punish him for this, we can likely expect the punishment to be much more severe than his initial eight-game suspension. HotNewHipHop has reached out to the NBA for comment. Any updates on the case can be found here on HotNewHipHop.