NBA superstar Ja Morant received an endorsement from Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB after the Grizzlies point guard was seen flashing a gun on a live broadcast over the weekend.
The Grizzlies suspended Morant from all team activities while the NBA investigated the situation.
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The overwhelming response to the situation has been negative. Morant was suspended for eight games during the 2022-23 season for displaying a weapon at a Denver nightclub and was the subject of several other incidents in the latter part of the season.
BlocBoy JB was one of Morant’s few defenders.
«Guns are not illegal,» the rapper wrote on his Instagram Stories on Monday. «If he turned in his car with his gun in his name in his yard and someone recorded it, it’s not his fault. Free Ja.»
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It’s unclear if Morant will be suspended again.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania appeared on «The Pat McAfee Show» and presented a terrifying prospect.
«There’s concern around the Grizzlies that [the NBA] It’s going to be tough for Ja Morant and this will potentially be a serious suspension,» Charania said.
Morant admitted that his off-court problems may have been a distraction for the team.
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Memphis went 51-31 and finished first in the Southwest Division. The Grizzlies were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers.