“Ja is always starting stuff then he run and hide.” Fans slam Ja Morant and Co. after the altercation between Grizzlies and Pacers

On Sunday's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Indiana Pacers, a fight broke out during the third quarter, forcing the evacuation of one fan from courtside seating. In a victory over the Indiana Pacers, Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 28 points, while Ja Morant contributed 27 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds.


“Ja is always starting stuff then he run and hide.” Fans slam Ja Morant and Co. after the altercation between Grizzlies and Pacers

Ja Morant and Grizzlies fight

An altercation broke out in the third quarter of Sunday’s game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Indiana Pacers, resulting in the removal of one spectator from courtside. Players from both teams got involved after Ja Morant and Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard started trash-talking during the third quarter at FedExForum. James Johnson got angry with Morant’s friend Davonte Pack, who was seated courtside and started yelling at him. Before being led away by security, Pack walked a few feet and made a gesture at the players.

According to Morant, he went up to Andrew Nembhard after overhearing him warn his father to be quiet. After the Memphis guard went up to Nembhard, multiple Pacers came up to intervene. “I heard my pops ask (Nembhard) did he say shut up so I was trying to figure out who he was talking to. Obviously, I saw it was him so I approached him seeing what he was on,” Ja said. “I checked his temperature, he didn’t have a fever, then (Chris) Duarte came over and tried to push me…I told him stop pushing me. He said he was cool and when his teammates came over, he started talking,” said Morant.

Kicked my brother out. We got the W, so we kicked them out of the Forum too,” said Morant, who had 27 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. This is the second time in as many weeks that a supporter has been ejected for verbal altercation involving Grizzlies. On January 20 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Fox Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe was removed from the floor after an altercation with Dillon Brooks, Ja Morant, and Steven Adams. Later the apologetic Sharpe admitted his wrongdoing. 

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Fans react to Ja Morant and his family get into altercation with Indiana Pacers

Ja Morant

The Grizzlies had just come back from a 16-point deficit to lead the game 80-79 at the end of the third quarter when the scuffle occurred on Sunday. Morant not only recorded his second consecutive triple-double, but he also had the last laugh. Earlier, the Pacers and their security for kicking out Pack, as the Grizzlies defeated them 112-100. 

Reacting to the scuffle between the two teams, fans took to social media to react to the incident. One of the fans wrote, “Ja is always starting stuff then he run and hide.” Alluding to the Shannon Sharpe incident, another fan wrote, “Morant dad acting all hard. I didn’t see that energy when Shannon was getting at him.” Here are some of the fans’ reactions

With a 19-point lead at the break, the Pacers dominated the first half. At halftime, Indiana led by 62-50 thanks to a 60.3% first-half shooting clip. After falling down by as many as 17 points against Indiana in the second half, Memphis rallied with 14 unanswered points to seize the lead for good in the third quarter. Ja Morant had 27 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds, and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 28 points.

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