A video popped up on social media on Sunday morning displaying Ja Morant waving around a gun whereas sitting in a automobile with some mates. In response to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there’s a “very actual risk of a prolonged suspension to begin subsequent season” because of the video.
Previous to Recreation 7 of the Japanese Convention Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics, Wojnarowski went onto ESPN and laid out the present state of affairs involving Morant, who was suspended for eight games earlier this 12 months because of the same incident in Colorado the place he pulled out a gun in a nightclub.
“The league suspended him for eight video games — actually two of them, retroactive to essentially simply two video games earlier this season,” Wojnarowski mentioned. “I sense already right this moment that Adam Silver’s going to really feel rising strain from different groups within the league who see this, as a lot because it impacts the Grizzlies, that it impacts them and their potential to market their gamers and their groups.”
Wojnarowski went on to say that the sense was Silver “confirmed some restraint” solely suspending Morant for eight video games, partly as a result of he “took him at his phrase that he would make higher selections” throughout a face-to-face assembly between the 2. Moreover, the league desires to verify this video is official.
“However I believe there’s a actual, actual risk, if that’s what it gave the impression to be, a weapon in Ja Morant’s hand, he, once more, is gonna possible face a major suspension to begin subsequent season,” Wojnarowski mentioned.
Morant’s suspension earlier this 12 months got here after he stepped away from the staff. He missed six video games previous to the league saying that his suspension would final eight video games, which included those he beforehand missed. The Grizzlies already introduced within the aftermath of Sunday’s incident that Morant can be suspended from all team activities in the meanwhile.