After Sunday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said there is “no timetable” for when star guard Ja Morant will return to the team.
“We have said that it’s going to be at least these two games,” Jenkins said. “I mean, this is going be an ongoing healing process. … It’s really not a timetable situation.”
“He’s definitely embracing the mistakes that he’s made, but only time will tell,” Jenkins said. “We’re going to support him and we’re going to hold him accountable to make those changes.”
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins on Ja Morant’s IG Live video and the lack of clarity on when he’ll return and what he needs to do to rejoin the team pic.twitter.com/tmIIgpY8zU
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 6, 2023
Ja Morant Suspended At Least Two-Games By The Memphis Grizzlies
Morant was suspended for two games by the Grizzlies after flashing a gun on his Instagram live early Saturday morning. Morant was seen with a gun at a nightclub in Denver hours after the Grizzlies lost to the Nuggets 113-97.
On Monday, police in Colorado said they will be investigating Morant’s actions at the nightclub when he flashed a gun. The police investigation will determine if Morant broke any gun laws.
In addition to the suspension, Morant has stepped away from the team. The 23-year-old released a statement on March 4, taking “full responsibility” for his actions as he seeks treatment for his stress and well-being.
Statement from Ja Morant: pic.twitter.com/HpTF3WvI00
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant Has Had Multiple Troubling Incidents This Year
Morant was previously the subject of a league investigation after a January incident in Memphis that he said led to a friend being banned from home games. Members of the visiting Indiana Pacers believed they saw a red dot pointed at them, and a team security guard believed the laser was attached to a gun.
The NBA did ban the unnamed individuals involved in the incident but found there was no gun involved.
This past summer, the head of security at a Memphis mall told the Post that Morant threatened him in a parking lot. According to an article in The Washington Post, the security guard also said a member of Morant’s group shoved him in the head.
Morant also had an altercation with a 17-year-old boy during a pickup basketball game at his house. The teenager told police that Morant and another man repeatedly punched him, sending the teen to the ground. Morant then allegedly went back inside and reemerged with a gun.
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