Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins reflected on Ja Morant’s situation and demanded accountability from his superstar player. Morant’s off-court controversies have been in the limelight over the last few months. Here’s what Jenkins said ahead of the team’s first game without the suspended Morant against the LA Clippers on Sunday (via Tha Daily Memphian’s Drew Hill):
Over the last month, Morant has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. It started after the Grizzlies’ 112-100 home win over the Pacers on January 29. Morant’s father, Tee, and his friend got into a verbal altercation with Indiana’s players during the game.
The argument escalated off the court when Morant aggressively confronted some of the Pacers’ traveling party near the team’s bus. The situation worsened when Morant was allegedly in a slow-moving SUV with his associates, who pointed red lasers towards the Pacers’ bus. The NBA investigated the incident but found no evidence.
Just as things had cooled off regarding this issue, Ja Morant found himself in the middle of another controversy on March 4, as reports emerged of Morant flashing a gun at a 17-year-old, who he reportedly beat up after a pick-up game.
Ja Morant and his entourage denied these claims, but the two-time All-Star gave the NBA another reason to investigate his actions off the court when he flashed a gun during an Instagram Live. Morant was suspended by the Grizzlies.
Ja Morant’s suspension indefinite as per Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins
Initial reports suggested that Ja Morant had been suspended for two games by the Memphis Grizzlies for flashing a gun on his Instagram Live. However, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins revealed the suspension would be indefinite.
Ja Morant has taken full responsibility for his actions. He apologized to his team, coaches, family, and Memphis city for his controversial actions. Morant revealed that he would take time off to seek help and find better ways to deal with his stress.