Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant went viral after he showed what appeared to be a handgun in an Instagram live session on March 4. Morant, now a two-time All-Star, was heavily scrutinized for possessing a firearm as one of the league’s brightest stars. But former Brooklyn Nets star Paul Pierce says he can identify with the Grizzlies’ point guard’s decision, revealing that he also carried a gun when he was an NBA player.
“I don’t care what y’all say about Ja, I carried a gun after I was stabbed, y’all don’t know what he is going thru,” Pierce tweeted on March 5.
“Everyone got something to say until u really know what’s really going on in someone’s life when u black and rich u a target period.”
I don’t care what y’all say about Ja I carried a gun after I was stabbed y’all don’t know what he going thru everyone got something to say until u really know what’s really going on in someone life when u black and rich u a target period
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) March 5, 2023
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Grizzlies Suspend Ja Morant Indefinitely
Initially, the Grizzlies announced that their star point guard would miss at least two games for his actions. However, when head coach Taylor Jenkins addressed the media for the first time following the incident on March 5, he said there was no timetable for Morant’s return and that the All-Star guard would be away from the team indefinitely.
“We have said that it’s going to be at least these two games,” Jenkins said via ESPN. “I mean, this is going be an ongoing healing process. … It’s really not a timetable situation.”
Morant’s suspension comes at a tough time for the Grizzlies. Though they are currently in second place in the Western Conference standings, just three games are separating second through fourth place. And with Morant carrying the bulk of the scoring for the Grizzlies at 27.1 points per game, his presence will be greatly missed.
Following his suspension, Morant released a statement in which he apologized to those he hurt and took “full responsibility” for his actions.
“I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” Morant said in a statement on March …read more