Ja Morant was filmed on Instagram Live allegedly holding a gun. Again.
The Memphis Grizzlies star, who stepped away from his team during the season following a similar incident, was in the passenger seat of his car listening to NBA YoungBoy when the camera panned on Morant for a split second. That was enough time to make out the outline of a gun.
The video has since been deleted by the original poster, @_dtap2 on Instagram, but screen grabs have kept the video online and has since made its rounds on social media.
Morant filmed himself pointing a gun at his camera on Instagram Live in a nightclub in Denver back in March. He ended up stepping away from basketball for a few weeks while enrolling himself in to a Florida counseling program before returning to the court. He was suspended eight games without pay for the incident.
The NBA investigated the situation and could not determine whether or not the gun belonged to the 23-year-old NBA All-Star. Morant denies that it is his. As of this report, there is no connection between the firearm in the nightclub video and the one shown on Saturday’s Instagram Live video.
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In the aftermath of the first incident regarding Morant, the NBA decided to suspend him for eight games without pay after initially suspending him for just two. During his suspension, Morant went around doing interviews including one with ESPN’s Jalen Rose.
As part of their discussion, Rose asked the following question, clarifying whether Ja himself actually owned the gun he showed on his social media page:
“You were at the spot, Shotgun Willie’s, I’ve been there. You are holding a gun…and we both know how dangerous that can be. Who’s gun were you holding?”
“The gun wasn’t mine.” After that brief response, he went on to explain how he takes full blame for the entire situation. And he said that he is trying to learn from it.
“It’s not who I am, I don’t condone, you know, any type of violence,” said Morant. “But I take full responsibility, you know, for my actions. I made a bad mistake and I can see. … The image that I painted over myself, you know, with my recent mistakes. But, you know, in the future, I’m going to show everybody who Ja really is, what I’m about and change this narrative.”