Charles Barkley Slams Ja Morant Defenders

Charles Barkley has no sympathy for Ja Morant.

BYBen Mock
Charles Barkley Slams Ja Morant Defenders

There has been a wide variety of reactions to the latest incident involving Ja Morant. Morant was suspended by the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend after a new video of him flashing a gun on Instagram Live went viral. The superstar guard had previously served an eight-game suspension for the exact same thing earlier in the season.

A number of people, such as BlocBoy JB, have come out in support of Morant. Meanwhile, Vic Mensa didn't explicitly support Morant, but said he hopes he overcomes this latest tribulation. However, a vast majority of people have spoken out against Morant. While there is a debate on how harshly he should be punished, the general consensus is that Morant was an idiot for what he did. Furthermore, repeating the exact same thing that previously got you suspended is only going to anger the League office. Now Charles Barkley has added his voice to the mix.

Barkley Calls Out Morant Supporters

Speaking on Inside the NBA, Barkley didn't hold back when discussing Morant and his supporters. “We got some idiots, some fools, some jackasses on television that really just piss me off, talking about Ja should make a stand by saying he didn’t break any laws, he didn’t do anything wrong. Those guys are just freaking idiots,” Barkley said. “When you’re making $100 million a year to play sports, your life changes. There are certain rules and regulations that you have to live by. You can’t do stupid stuff. That’s the tradeoff.” Morant is set to make $33.5 million next season as part of a 5 year, $194 million contract extension. However, Morant recently missed out on a $39 million bonus after failing to be named to an All-NBA team this season.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the league is leaning towards a "lengthy" suspension for Morant. This likely stems from Commissioner Adam Silver, who partially staked his reputation on the idea that Morant was genuinely remorseful after the last suspension. However, we will have to wait and see what punishment the league hands down over the next few weeks. This is a developing story and you can find any updates here on HotNewHipHop.


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Benjamin Mock (they/them) is a sports and culture writer working out of Philadelphia. Previously writing for the likes of Fixture, Dexerto, Fragster, and Jaxon, Ben has dedicated themselves to engaging and accessible articles about sports, esports, and internet culture. With a love for the weirder stories, you never quite know what to expect from their work.