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NBA | May 15

Ja Morant On The Spotlight… Again

Ja Morant in the Spotlight... Again
Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies | Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Ja Morant suspended after posting a controversial video on social media.

Here’s a quick rundown on this latest NBA breaking news.

Oops, Ja Did It Again!

If you missed it, Ja Morant recently did the same damn thing that got him an eight-game suspension a few months ago – he flashed a gat. The 23-year-old Memphis Grizzlies star hasn’t learned his lesson despite his public statement to the contrary after he was recorded flashing a gun at a strip joint in the wee hours of the morning back in early March.

Before that happened, he was accused of threatening a security guard, with his boys behind him for backup just in case the menacing mall cop pulled out a sharp pencil and wrote him a tersely-worded citation.

Oh, and how can we forget what followed when he beat up a 17-year-old during a pickup game after the kid trash-talked and accidentally bumped him? But the beating wasn’t enough as Morant allegedly walked to his house, retrieved a handgun, and openly displayed it in his waistband for good measure.

Before we move on to this latest NBA news, another gun-wielding display, let’s hear the act of contrition his agent made him recite after he deactivated his Instagram and Twitter accounts following the first event.

I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” the statement read. “I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis, and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down. I’m going to take some time away to get help and work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being.

You can tell that was straight from the heart, can’t you?

Well, let’s get up to speed on what’s going on in Ja’s world after his Grizzlies were ousted by the Lakers in six games. Sitting in the passenger seat of a friend’s car, he is seen, yet again, flashing a gun in an Instagram Live video and there are still shots of it all over the internet.

His antics have already cost him roughly $39 million in incentives from the first incident and now it will most assuredly cost him more time, endorsements, and perhaps even his career.

But Morant’s team will undoubtedly be cursing him behind his back while smiling in front of him. They will likely cast doubt on whoever took the recording, fault somebody else for the situation in which he found himself, and give him another public statement to read which will essentially say the same as the first one only this time…he really means it.

Apparently, Morant doesn’t believe the fire is hot until he actually touches the flame. And right now, he’s only gotten close to being burned because he hasn’t shot anyone nor has he been shot. But let’s face it, the kid wants to be a gangsta more than he wants to be a superstar.

He’s been blessed with a preternatural ability to put a round ball through an 18-inch rim that affords him a lifestyle none of us can even imagine. But having street cred is more important to him than all of the fame, fortune, and popularity he has achieved by virtue of his innate talent.

But let’s listen to someone who knows a thing or two about wasted talent and isn’t afraid to air his thoughts on the matter. Kwame Brown was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and wound up becoming a journeyman who played for seven teams and averaged 6.6 points per game over his disappointing career.

I’ve heard of NBA YoungBoy, but you are NBA Dumb Boy,” Brown said in a nine-minute video posted to his YouTube page. “You got to be the dumbest motherf–ker in the league. You’ve got $231 million promised to you and you want to be a f–king thug.

Brown also added another observation, “What is all this music you keep listening to? Does this music keep putting you in a trance? Because this music is about to cost you your f–king career.

Ja Morant is headed for a crash but until it happens, he’s too damn good for any lasting retribution. The spin doctors will work their magic, he’ll take another soul-searching sabbatical, and we’ll all forget about what a spectacular prick this guy really is once he’s allowed to dazzle us yet again and make it all go away with the swish of a basket.

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