Grizzlies NBA star Ja Morant facing new gun, assault accusations
Posted on March 02, 2023
The worrying accusations surrounding Ja Morant are growing.
The head of security at a Memphis mall told police the Grizzlies star “threatened” him during a parking lot altercation during the summer, according to records obtained by the Washington Post.
He also told officers a member of Morant’s group shoved him in the head.
No arrests were made in the altercation.
In a separate incident four days later, Morant was accused of punching a 17-year-old boy in the head repeatedly during a pickup game at the 23-year-old’s house.
Morant and a friend hit the teen hard enough to send him to the ground and left him with a “large knot” on the side of his head, according to deputies who observed the injuries.
The boy told detectives Morant went into his house and reemerged with his hand on a gun visible in the waistband of his pants.
Morant told police the teen was the aggressor in the incident, throwing a ball at his head and stepping toward him, and that he had acted in self-defense.
“I swung first,” the NBA star told detective, adding “The ball was to me the first hit.”
Morant also told officers the teen — a top basketball prospect in the area — left his home shouting, “I’m gonna come back and light this place up like fireworks.”
Morant later filed a police report about the boy’s comment, saying his family had been threatened.
Shelby County prosectors declined to file charges due to a lack of evidence, a spokesperson told the Washington Post.
Neither incident was publicised at the time they occurred.
They are the latest revelations of trouble surrounding the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and a two-time All-Star, who has been at the center of on- and off-the-court issues recently.
On Jan. 21, Morant’s father, Tee, got into an altercation with Fox Sports host and ex-NFLer Shannon Sharpe that spilled onto the court at halftime of a game against the Lakers.
In early February, the NBA investigated allegations by the Pacers that Morant’s entourage “aggressively confronted” members of their traveling party and pointed a red laser at them, possibly attached to a gun.
Morant later confirmed that his friend, Davante Pack, was banned from Memphis’ FedExForum following the last incident.
The Grizzlies enter Wednesday as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference at 37-23, though they’ve struggled in recent weeks, losing eight of nine at one point.
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