The point guard of Memphis Grizzlies, Ja Morant has been suspended for 25 games by the National Basketball Association (NBA) on June 16, Friday. But in a sensational turn of events, a video has surfaced online, wherein the 23-year-old player was seen recording himself with a toy gun to prove that he didn’t wave a real firearm on Instagram Live on May 13, which led to his eventual suspension from the league.
Earlier, on March 4 of this year, Morant was spotted displaying a firearm on Instagram Live for the first-time in an intoxicated state, which meant a suspension of 8 games for the Grizzlies star from the NBA.
TMZ, a famous news organisation from the USA, released a video of Ja Morant recently, which was recorded on May 14, in which he was holding a toy gun in his hand to ignite some candles. He then went on to say a few telling words about his ordeal, “You hold it, and everything comes out.”
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Apparently, he made this video to prove to his family and friends that he didn’t have a real firearm at his disposal on May 13 on Instagram Live, while he was accompanied by his friends. According to TMZ, Ja Morant was easily identifiable in the video, thanks to the unique tattoos on his arm.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old NBA player stands to lose USD 7.6 million for not taking part in the upcoming 25 games of the next regular season. The per game loss for the young star amounts to 305,545 as per the contract conditions with the Memphis Grizzlies. He also stands to lose a major chunk of his earnings from his brand endorsements deals with Nike, Hulu, Beats by Dre, Panini America, and Powerade, etc.