Former NFL star Dez Bryant slams former NBA players’ criticism of Ja Morant: ‘He’s a king, he’s a legend’


Ja Morant has found himself in yet another gun-related controversy, but a former NFL wide receiver is speaking out about the NBA superstar.

Following viral clips of former NBA players Stephen Jackson and JJ Redick discussing the situation, Dez Bryant expressed his own feelings on the Morant situation, as well as what Jackson and Redick had to say.

«Everyone add their 2 cents on the Ja Morant situation so I’m going to add mine…» Bryant wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning that included a video.

Bryant seemed to hint that he disagreed with what they both said, but noted that they both had «brands» of their own, but also Morant’s.


Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on February 23, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

«I know a thing or two fasho. You fill out a W-2, pay your taxes, and play for the National Basketball Association. That’s your job. That’s like a job, except this job, you love it, you grew up playing it, and they pay you millions and millions and millions of dollars. So, with that being said, with this kind of work, they have this great brand that they love,» the former Dallas Cowboys star said.

«This big brand that they protect, this big brand that influences a lot of kids like you and others who want to grow up and play that game one day. So the reason they’re being the way they are is because they want to protect their brand, not just they want to protect their brand, they want to protect their brand.

Bryant criticized Jackson, who Bryant noted grew up in a difficult environment, for calling Morant’s latest actions a «jerk move.»

«Come on, Stephen Jackson. You just said the other day that you weren’t going to stand for this. I’m pretty sure we really are into it. I’m not saying that Ja isn’t. She probably tasted it a bit, but I know we really know from that. We are supposed to be the leaders and really tell this man the truth,» he said.

As for Redick, the former player-turned-ESPN analyst attacked Republican lawmakers by speaking up about Redick and questioning why «we’re) trying to punish a 23-year-old who didn’t break a law.»

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Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates her three point basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first quarter of the game at Target Center on November 30, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (David Berding/Getty Images)


«And JJ Redick, I get your point with politicians and all that stuff. But say it, bro. This has nothing to do with…breaking the law. It has to do with who he is, what he does.» he was converted, and where he is trying to go.»

Bryant later gave Morant support, despite his actions getting him suspended.

«I see Ja as more than just a superstar basketball player. He’s a king, he’s a legend for getting to where he is, because there are a lot of kids who look like us who don’t get the opportunities that have that talent.» So he’s more than just a basketball player. That’s why it means so much to me to send this message. Let’s stop having these unnecessary debates and stay on topic. It’s not good, ha. And I support you.»

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Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies brings the ball up court during the second half of a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on January 4, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Morant is currently suspended from team activities due to the incident. He was suspended eight games during the season for displaying a weapon on Instagram Live at a Denver nightclub.

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