When will Ja Morant be able to return from his NBA suspension?
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant has been suspended by the NBA after he was seen holding a handgun during a live stream. Here’s when he can come back.
On March 4, Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant went viral for a live stream in which he was drunk and brandished a handgun at a Denver strip club.
Shortly after, the Grizzlies announced that Morant would be stepping down for at least two games, as the league investigated the video in question. While she was away, Morant reportedly attended a counseling program in Florida.
On Wednesday, the NBA released a statement announcing that it had suspended Morant for eight games for “conduct detrimental to the league.” Morant met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the league’s offices in New York that day.
Additionally, the statement said they could not conclude that the weapon in question “belonged to Morant, was brought into the nightclub by him, or was displayed by him beyond a brief period.” The league did not find that Morant traveled with the weapon “with the team or to any NBA facility.”
“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous,” Silver said, h/t NBA.com. “It also has serious implications given his huge following and influence, especially among young fans who look up to him. He expressed sincere contrition and remorse for his behavior. Ja also made it clear to me that learned from this incident and that he understands that his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the wider NBA community extend far beyond his on-court play.
When will Ja Morant be able to return?
In the league announcement, it was determined that Morant was eligible to return for Memphis’ March 20 game against the Dallas Mavericks.
He will miss Memphis’ March 17 game against the San Antonio Spurs and the March 18 game against the Golden State Warriors.
Shortly after the Grizzlies announced Morant was stepping away, the point guard released his own statement, apologizing for his actions.
“I’m sorry to my family, my teammates, my coaches, my fans, my partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down,” Morant said, h/t New York Times. “I’m going to take some time to get some help and work on learning better ways to manage stress and my overall well-being.”
Colorado police announced they were not charging Morant for the incident.
Morant has played in 53 games this season, averaging 27.1 points, 8.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds while recording a 46.3 field goal percentage and 31 three-point percentage. 6.