NBA All-Star Ja Morant was reportedly caught on video flashing a gun on video. The incident happened just months after the 23-year-old Memphis Grizzlies star was suspended by the NBA for brandishing a firearm on Instagram.
Morant did an Instagram Live video on Saturday of him in a vehicle with a friend listening and dancing to a hip-hop song by rapper NBA YoungBoy. During the Instagram video, Morant is seen quickly flashing what appears to be a handgun.
No comment on the situation has yet been made by Morant, the Grizzlies, or the NBA.
This incident comes just months after a similar predicament. Morant went on Instagram Live at 5 a.m. on March 4. The NBA player live-streamed video from a nightclub in Denver, Colorado. During the video, Morant is seen brandishing a gun.
The NBA suspended Morant for eight games without pay for the gun in the club incident.
Morant also underwent counseling in Florida.
“I went there to counseling to learn how to manage stress,” Morant said. “Cope with stress in a positive way, instead of ways I’ve tried to deal with it before that caused me to make mistakes.”
Morant also declared in March, “I’m completely sorry for that. So, you know, my job now is, like I said, to be more responsible, more smarter, and don’t cause any of that no more.”
At the time, Morant deactivated his Instagram and Twitter accounts – both social media pages have since been restored.
In July 2022, Morant signed a 5-year contract worth $194 million, giving him an annual average salary of $38,860,000, according to Sportrac – a website that provides salaries of professional athletes.
Morant has endorsement deals with brands like Wendy’s, Bodyarmour, Uber Eats, Powerade, PSD, and Hyperice that are “potentially worth hundreds of millions more,” according to Sports Illustrated.
Following the gun incident, Nike released a statement that read: “We appreciate Ja’s accountability and that he is taking the time to get the help he needs. We support his prioritization of his well-being.”
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