“The gun wasn’t mine,” Ja Morant publicly defends himself following his gun violence and strip club fiasco

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant addresses controversy surrounding gun incident and promises to move forward with maturity and responsibility.


“The gun wasn’t mine,” Ja Morant publicly defends himself following his gun violence and strip club fiasco

Ja Morant and Jalen Rose (image via Getty Images)

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has finally spoken out about the gun scandal that has rocked the NBA over the past few weeks. In a sit-down interview with ESPN broadcaster and former NBA star Jalen Rose, Morant revealed that the gun he brandished on an Instagram Live stream was not his own.

While the fact that the gun was not Morant’s has some implications concerning league protocols, it does not excuse his irresponsible behavior on social media. Morant seemed to understand this and took full responsibility for his actions during the interview.

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“The gun wasn’t mine,” Morant admitted. “It’s not who I am. I don’t condone in any type of violence, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I’ve made a bad mistake.”

This scandal began when Morant posted a video on Instagram showing off a handgun while aboard a private plane. The video quickly went viral, and Morant faced widespread criticism from fans, pundits, and fellow players.

The NBA has strict rules regarding weapons possession, and if the gun had belonged to Morant, he could have faced a 50-game suspension from the league. However, since the gun was not his, he hasn’t been subjected to severe punishment from the NBA.

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Ja Morant Takes Responsibility for Gun Scandal and Vows to Learn from Mistake

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Ja Morant (image via DAVID BERDING/GETTY IMAGES)

Even though the gun was not his own, Ja Morant’s decision to brandish a weapon on social media was a grave mistake. The NBA and its players are responsible for setting a positive example for fans, especially regarding issues like gun violence.

Morant has always been known for his maturity and level-headedness on and off the court. This incident was certainly out of character for him, but it’s important to remember that everyone makes mistakes. What’s important is how we choose to respond to them.

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In the interview with Jalen Rose, Morant seemed to understand the gravity of his actions. “I’m gonna show everyone who Ja really is [and] what I’m about.”

Morant has always been known for his maturity and level-headedness on and off the court. This incident was certainly out of character for him, but it’s important to remember that everyone makes mistakes. What’s important is how we choose to respond to them.

In the long run, the consequences of this event on Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies are yet to be determined. Nevertheless, Ja Morant is sincere in addressing the issue and is prepared to take all necessary actions to move forward.

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