Ja Morant should be suspended for ‘all of next season,’ says former Grizzlies player

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Chandler Parsons, a former NBA guard who made the All-Rookie Team in 2012, called for harsh punishment for Ja Morant after he was seen flashing a gun in an Instagram Live video on Saturday.

The Memphis Grizzlies have suspended Morant from all team activities while the NBA investigates the situation. Morant has not commented on the latest incident.

Parsons, who played for the Grizzlies from 2016 to 2019, asked the NBA to suspend Morant for the entire 2023-2024 season. Morant has already been suspended eight games after his first weapons incident in March.

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Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons speaks to reporters during the team’s media day on September 30, 2019, at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Atlanta. (Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

«[S]suspending him all of next season,» Parsons wrote in a Bleacher Report Instagram post.

The video in question showed Morant in the passenger seat dancing to music with some friends. He then appeared to draw the gun to show off for the camera, and that’s when the friend holding the phone took it from the Grizzlies point guard and pointed it at his shoulder.

A photo that appeared to show Morant with the gun went viral on social media.

On Sunday morning, the Grizzlies announced Morant’s suspension.

«We are aware of the social media post involving Ja Morant and are in the process of gathering more information,» NBA spokesman Mike Bass told The Athletic.

Morant has been in the spotlight over the course of the season for various reports that accused him of wrongdoing. He was never charged in either incident, but it all came to a boil earlier this year when he was seen holding a gun at a Denver nightclub.

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He was suspended eight games in March and checked into a stress clinic.

After the Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs, Morant acknowledged that off-court incidents may have led to a distracted team.

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (Gary A. Vásquez-USA TODAY Sports)

«I just have to be better with my decision making,» Morant said on ESPN last month. «That’s it. The off-court issues hit us as an organization quite a bit. [need] more discipline.»

It was one of the few issues that came to light.

The Indiana Pacers said that after an altercation between Morant’s associates and the Pacers in January, a red laser was pointed at the team from a pickup truck carrying Morant, which the Pacers believed was a weapon. The NBA investigated the incident and found that no «individual threatened others with a weapon.»

In March, a police report said Morant exposed a weapon after beating a teenager last summer.

In a Washington Post report, Morant allegedly hit the teen over the head «12 to 13 times» in a casual basketball game at Morant’s home. According to the report, Morant entered his home after the altercation and came out with a gun at his waist and his hand on the gun.

Ja Morant and Xavier Tillman

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) and forward Xavier Tillman are pictured during Game 5 of the first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee on April 26, 2023. (Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports)

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«I feel like mine is more off the court and more on the court, just being disciplined on both sides,» Morant said last month. «Off the court, making better decisions. On the court, being locked in even more. Being a leader of this team, it pretty much starts with me. So no matter how I attack any situation, I know my guys will follow me. I just have to be better in that area.»

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.

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