Ja Morant Suspended After Second Gun-Flashing Incident

History repeats itself for the guard and the Memphis Grizzlies.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Ja Morant Suspended After Second Gun-Flashing Incident

About two months ago, the Memphis Grizzlies suspended Ja Morant after he flashed a gun on social media. The incident caused a lot of discussion in the NBA world, prompting an apology from the star guard and much debate on his actions. However, it seems that this rabbit hole is open once again after he flashed a gun for the second time on Instagram Live. As soon as news broke on this development, many wondered whether we'd see the same situation play out. Now we have confirmation that the Memphis Grizzlies have indeed suspended the South Carolina native.

"We are aware of the social media video involving Ja Morant," the basketball team expressed in a statement issued Sunday (May 14). "He is suspended from all team activities pending League review. We have no further comment at this time." Unfortunately, this follows a streak of bad luck for the 23-year-old. Recently, reports indicated that not being on an All-NBA team cost him a $39 million bonus. Many debated whether it's fair to dangle money in a player's face like that, especially after he played a great season.

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Ja Morant Suspended After Another Gun-Toting Clip

Of course, the Memphis Grizzlies' post-season efforts saw an early end thanks to the Los Angeles Lakers. What's more is that Ja Morant was out on injury for the playoff series' second game. As much as he tried his best, the team's run ended with a 4-2 loss in what was a volatile, exciting, and tense set of games. Given Morant's talent and determination on the court, news of his extracurriculars and suspension is frankly a devastating loss. Since this is by no means a new occurrence, perhaps the conditions around his return to the Tennessee organization will be much more strict this time around.

Regardless, only time will tell what becomes of his future in not just the team, but the NBA asa whole. Considering his other legal issues, it isn't looking pretty for him from any angle. Hopefully all parties involved keep learning from this situation, especially when it comes to others' safety. On that note, for the latest news and updates on Ja Morant, keep checking in with HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.