Ja Morant, a guard with the Memphis Grizzlies, has left the team.
Morant will be out for at least two games, according to the Grizzlies, who did not specify why. Several others shared video clips of Morant carrying what seemed to be a gun on social media.
The Memphis Grizzlies announced on Saturday that standout guard Ja Morant would miss at least two games due to an investigation into a social media video that appeared to show Morant clutching a gun.
The Grizzlies did not reply quickly to concerns regarding the social media post, Morant’s absence, and whether he had been disciplined.
Several people shared video clips on social media on Saturday that looked to show Morant brandishing a gun and smiling in a nightclub in a live video on his Instagram account.
Morant’s verified Instagram account had no live videos matching the clips circulating on social media as of mid-Saturday morning. Morant’s Instagram and Twitter accounts had been disabled by the afternoon.
Morant, 23, said in a statement that he accepted “full responsibility for my actions last night,” without elaborating, and that he regretted for disappointing people.
“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,” Morant said in the statement, which Tandem, his agent, put on Twitter.
The Grizzlies were defeated on the road by the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement prohibits players from carrying weapons at team facilities or when traveling on league business.
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