Guard Ja Morant has been absent from the Memphis Grizzlies since he posted a video on March 3 in which he appeared to be holding a gun in a nightclub. According to reports, Morant is attending a counseling program.
Reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicate that “no timetable for his return to active play” exists at this time.
According to reports
Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins indicated that the two-time All-Star could suit up for Friday’s game against the Spurs.
Jenkins was quoted by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon as saying, “There are a lot of internal conversations going on, and obviously there are still things going on at the league level that we’re in communication with.” Ja is committed to the procedure and prepared for the next steps after the two games.
The Grizzlies initially reported on March 4 that Morant would be out for “at least the next two games,” and then updated that report on March 8 to say he would be out for “at least the next four games.”
Since the last update, Memphis has played twice, with wins over the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks. They still have games left against the Mavericks and the Miami Heat before facing the Spurs.
Morant had previously said, “I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” in a statement. “I apologize to my family, coaches, teammates, fans, business partners, Memphis, and the Grizzlies. I need to take a break to focus on improving my health and coping mechanisms in the face of stress.”
The incident was investigated by the Glendale (Colorado) Police Department, but the officer in charge decided not to press charges against Morant.
Morant is a top young player in the NBA and a big reason the Grizzlies are a legitimate title contender as the third seed in the West. But this season, he has made headlines for more than just basketball.
Police records obtained by Molly Hensley-Clancy of the Washington Post on March 1 revealed that Morant had “threatened” the head of security at a mall, punched a teenage boy multiple times during a pickup basketball game four days later, and then emerged from his house with a gun.
Morant told police he punched the teen in self-defense.
In addition, A laser was allegedly pointed at members of the Indiana Pacers’ traveling party by someone in the car Morant was in after a game in February, according to a report by Bob Kravitz and Sam Amick of The Athletic. NBA investigators were unable to confirm whether or not the laser was attached to a firearm, despite a witness’s claims to the contrary.
The Grizzlies still have a shot at making the playoffs with 16 games left in the regular season.
The Memphis Grizzlies are facing a difficult situation with the absence of their star player, Ja Morant. While the team has been performing well without him, his return is eagerly anticipated by fans and the organization alike. However, it seems that there is no set timetable for his return, as Morant is currently enrolled in a counseling program. For those following the team’s progress on the court, this news is a reminder that anything can happen in the world of sports. To stay up-to-date with the latest developments, check out our coverage at Filipino Sportsbook PH.
The incident involving the video of Morant holding a gun in a nightclub, along with other troubling incidents, has raised concerns about his behavior off the court. Nevertheless, the Grizzlies remain in contention for a playoff spot, and they will undoubtedly continue to work towards their goals, with or without Morant in the lineup. It remains to be seen how this situation will develop, but for now, the focus is on supporting Morant and helping him through this difficult time.