Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant has been suspended by the NBA for 25 games for conduct detrimental to the league, and Twitter thinks the suspension is too short.
As part of the suspension, Ja will not be eligible to play the first 25 games of the 2023-2024 NBA season.
Ja was suspended from team activities by the Grizzlies on May 14 after a video surfaced of him brandishing a firearm for the second time in three months.
The NBA suspended Ja Morant for eight games in March (first offense) for holding up a handgun in a Denver nightclub while intoxicated and posting it on Instagram Live.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement today:
Ja Morant’s decision to once again wield a firearm on social media is alarming and disconcerting given his similar conduct in March for which he was already suspended eight games.
The potential for other young people to emulate Ja’s conduct is particularly concerning. Under these circumstances, we believe a suspension of 25 games is appropriate and makes clear that engaging in reckless and irresponsible behavior with guns will not be tolerated.
For Ja, basketball needs to take a back seat at this time.
Prior to his return to play, he will be required to formulate and fulfill a program with the league that directly addresses the circumstances that led him to repeat this destructive behavior.
Ja Morant responded to his 25-game suspension with the following statement:
I’ve had time to reflect and I realize how much hurt I’ve caused.
I want to apologize to the NBA, the Grizzlies, my teammates and the city of Memphis. To Adam Silver, Zach Kleiman and Robert Pera, who gave me the opportunity to be a professional athlete and have supported me.
I’m sorry for the harm I’ve done. To the kids who look up to me, I’m sorry for failing you as a role model. I promise I’m going to be better. To all of my sponsors, I’m going to be a better representation of our brands. And to all of my fans, I’m going to make it up to you, I promise.
I’m spending the offseason and my suspension continuing to work on my own mental health and decision making. I’m also going to be training so that I’m ready to go when I can be back on the court. I know my teammates are going to hold it down and I’m so sorry I won’t be out there with you at the beginning of the season. I hope you’ll give me the chance to prove to you over time I’m a better man than what I’ve been showing you.
Scoop some Twitter reaction below:
Ja Morant seeing he only got suspended 25 games: pic.twitter.com/wwgB0wZfPd— Bookmakers Review (@BMRReviews) June 16, 2023
Ja Morant returning from his 25 game suspension: pic.twitter.com/z7iilCyHHY— Mink Flow (@currypistonn) June 16, 2023
When Adam Silver told Ja Morant he’s suspended for 25 games pic.twitter.com/kUEM7r9mSc— JPW (@JWepp) June 16, 2023
Ja Morant before going on IG Live to accept Adam Silver’s 25 Game Suspension:— Danny Armstrong (@DArmstrong44) June 16, 2023
David stern watching Adam sliver give Ja Morant only get 25 games. pic.twitter.com/6m24EMvDXO— ( ͡👁️ ͜ʖ ͡👁️) 𓂺 (@gamingisjust_li) June 16, 2023
Ja Morant after Adam Silver said he was suspended for only 25 games pic.twitter.com/ggCG01CFm3— RJ (@yoo__rj) June 16, 2023
D Rose watching Ja Morant wasting away a good pair of knees trying to be hood pic.twitter.com/JqBCKm2MYw— Die-Hard Chicago Bulls Fans (@DieHardCBfans) June 16, 2023
Ja Morant telling his grandkids why he got suspended for 25 games pic.twitter.com/5YKjoDl0Dc— Redd (@ReddCinema) June 16, 2023
Ja Morant suspended 25 games!— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) June 16, 2023
But the stupid tax he has to pay is costing him more than that. pic.twitter.com/SSWhj2lbmn
Adam Silver hyped up this Ja Morant suspension way too much pic.twitter.com/AR8ar3mlXc— Grace (@gracesporttakes) June 16, 2023
Adam Silver smart. He making sure NBA fans stay entertained. Ja Morant suspension this weekend. NBA Finals was last weekend. The NBA Draft this upcoming week. Free Agency the week after.— The Hood Therapist (@OhhMar24) June 16, 2023
Adam Silver: “You’re suspended…..— Jam Jam Bigelow (@JamOfAllTradez) June 16, 2023
…. for 25 games.”
Ja Morant: pic.twitter.com/7J9nyLADgl