Following the NBA’s investigation into Ja Morant flashing a gun on video, the Memphis Grizzlies will reportedly leave road cities immediately after games.
Per a report from Joe Vardon and Sam Amick for The Athletic, the Grizzlies have made some changes to avoid another situation involving Morant or another one of their players. The team plans to leave cities such as Miami immediately after game, instead of staying overnight, whie “additional accountability measures may follow.”
The team boasts one of the youngest rosters in the NBA, so it remains to be seen how tight of a leash the Grizzlies plan to keep amid fears of further controversies.
The news comes after Morant was suspended for eight games for the clip, which showed him flashing a gun on Instagram Live at a club in Denver last month. In his first interview following the controversy, Morant sat down with ESPN’s Jalen Rose.
“It’s not who I am. I don’t condone any type of violence, but I take full responsibility for my actions,” Morant told Rose. “I made a bad mistake. I can see that the image I painted of myself with my recent mistakes, but in the future, I’ma show everybody who Ja really is, what I’m about, and change this narrative.” He added that the gun did not belong to him.
The NBA’s investigation into the situation found that there was no evidence to suggest Morant owned the gun, or that he’s ever brought a firearm to any NBA facility. “Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. “It also has serious consequences given his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans who look up to him.”