Ja Morant, the star point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, has been suspended for two games after allegedly posing with a gun in an Instagram post. The photo, which has since been deleted, shows Morant holding what appears to be a handgun while standing next to a friend, Devonte Pack.
The Grizzlies announced Morant’s suspension on Tuesday, citing a violation of team policy. In a statement, the team said they were “disappointed with the immature behavior” and “take these matters very seriously.”
This isn’t the first time Morant has made headlines for his off-court activities. Last week, he was seen throwing water balloons at fans outside a Memphis bar, prompting criticism from some fans and sports analysts.
The latest incident has reignited the debate over athletes and guns. Earlier this year, the NFL faced backlash over their handling of players’ gun-related incidents, leading to changes in the league’s policies.
Morant, who was drafted by the Grizzlies in 2019, is considered one of the NBA’s top young talents. He was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year last season and has been praised for his athleticism and leadership on and off the court.
The Grizzlies will be without Morant for their upcoming games against the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. It remains to be seen whether he will face any additional disciplinary action from the team or the league.