Is Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant suspended forever?
Ja Morant, the star point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies has made a reputation for himself to be one of the brightest young stars in the league – but it is not looking good for him at the moment.
Despite his promise on the court and his ever-growing reputation as one of the young faces of the NBA, Morant’s career has been dealt with a major blow after a few allegations about him recently saw the light of day. In a string of incidents dating back to last summer, Morant and people close to him were accused of threatening and even violent behaviour against other people.
While it was revealed that police were looking into the allegations, Morant decided to make things even worse for himself after he flashed a gun in a Denver nightclub only days after. While in Denver after playing against the Nuggets, the All-Star guard chose to display a firearm on his Instagram live stream – that saw him get suspended by the Grizzlies for at least the two games.
However, as it turns out, Morant has made things even worse for himself after he reportedly carried the gun with him on the Grizzlies’ team premises. If the reports are true, then Morant will be breaching Article 9(a) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which explicitly states that a player is prohibited from carrying a firearm while travelling on any league-related business. However, Morant is not yet suspended by the NBA.
Has the NBA taken any action so far?
The NBA is yet to take any action but the consequences will be dire for Morant if found guilty.
Morant’s punishment will be up to NBA commissioner Adam Silver to decide. If Morant is found guilty of violating the CBA, it will be up to the NBA commissioner to hand down a punishment to the Grizzlies star. At that point he can choose to fine Morant up to $1 million, and/or serve a suspension.
There isn’t an established suspension length for the situation, so if Morant is suspended by the league, the length will be at Silver’s discretion.