Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant is under investigation by the NBA and facing at least a two-game suspension by his team after brandishing a gun on Instagram Live early Saturday morning.
Morant, 23, went live on Instagram from inside a strip club around 5:19 a.m. The All-Star guard, who appeared shirtless in the video and rapping along to NBA YoungBoy’s “Bring ‘Em Out,” briefly holds a handgun up to the camera.
“We are aware of a social media post involving Ja Morant and are investigating,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said, according to ESPN.
Shortly after the story broke, The Athletic reporter Shams Charania tweeted that Morant has been suspended by the Grizzlies for at least two games.
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant has been suspended for at least two games.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 4, 2023
This latest incident comes on the heels of a Washington Post report that Morant was accused of flashing a gun at a 17-year-old boy after they got into an altercation during a game of pickup basketball last summer.
In a separate incident, Morant was accused of getting into it with a mall security guard in a parking lot. Morant said, “Let me see what time he gets off,” which the guard interpreted as a threat.
Both incidents resulted in police reports, but Morant was not arrested or charged in either incident.
Morant began trending on Twitter number one shortly after news broke of his impending investigation and suspension. Most users made light of the situation, with most people wishing the young player would focus more on basketball than acting tough.
Check out some reactions below.
Whoever made this about Ja Morant should deserve a raise 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/CXbbfS2qav
— P a y W a l k e r (@ThePayWalker) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant when he gets off his 2 day suspension pic.twitter.com/Kl1AFMBXtc
— ryan 🤿 (@scubaryan_) March 4, 2023
NBA just suspended Ja Morant for the game vs Lakers on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/cU8OClmXm9
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant choosing to become a loser in front of our very eyes … pretty damn sad man
— Real Late 2 Soon Come (@Rosenbergradio) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant when he finally gets to take a mugshot. pic.twitter.com/fAbSrzCVKK
— Junior Met (@seniorcubs) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant After making it out of the NBA and into the hood pic.twitter.com/KyIAjWe2A1
— SportsFan22 (@12Fan22) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant after these two games 😂😂
— Coach James 🇭🇹 (@JamesEdrick3) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant after 2 beers and a CBD blunt pic.twitter.com/j6AstaKtTX
— Josh Black (@SirJoshuaBlack) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant getting ready to go out pic.twitter.com/zkVAmC3tPx
— Ted Buddwell 🏀🏈 (@TedBuddy8) March 4, 2023
The TL to Ja Morant pic.twitter.com/pSMwG94AjT
— . (@Nigerianscamsss) March 4, 2023