Ja Morant flashes apparent gun in second viral video, two months after suspension

Two months after his NBA suspension for flashing a gun on Instagram Live, Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant was seen brandishing a gun in another live video that went viral Sunday morning.

It was not immediately clear when the video was filmed.

The video, which featured Morant sitting in the passenger seat of a car and waving the gun while a song by rapper NBA YoungBoy played in the background, was captured on the “_dtap2” Instagram account and also included Morant’s friend, Devante Pack.

The Grizzlies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It comes on the heels of a highly publicized March 4 incident in which Morant filmed himself on Instagram Live holding a gun inside a Denver area strip club. Morant did not face any criminal charges, but was subsequently suspended for eight games by NBA commissioner Adam Silver following an investigation by the league. Morant also left the Grizzlies to seek counseling for what he said was to learn how to handle stress better.

Upon returning, Morant said he would no longer be going on Instagram Live in the future.

“Just being more responsible, more smarter. That’s pretty much it for me,” Morant said at the time. “Obviously, I made mistakes in the past, caused a lot of negative attention not only for me, but my family and my team and the organization, and I’m completely sorry for that. So my job now is, like I said, to be more responsible and more smarter and don’t cause any of that no more.”

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This is the latest of a string of incidents off the court involving Morant.

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In January, after an altercation during a Grizzlies-Indiana Pacers game that included Pack briefly walking onto the court as part of a confrontation between Morant and Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard, a vehicle Morant was in reportedly “trained a red laser” on members traveling with the Pacers in the FedExForum loading dock area.

After an NBA investigation, the league could not corroborate if the laser came from a gun or not. However, Pack was banned from attending Grizzlies games for a year

Last July, Morant was accused of punching a teen, later identified as Joshua Holloway, during a pickup basketball game at Morant’s home. Morant is still embroiled in a lawsuit initiated by Holloway.

A few days before that in July 2022, Morant was also involved in an incident at The Finish Line shoe store inside Wolfchase Galleria in which he and nine friends showed up and allegedly threatened a mall security officer. An employee at The Finish Line later alleged in an interview with The Washington Post that Morant also directly threatened him as he hid in the back of the store.

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Morant missed out on a supermax contract worth $231 million after not making an All-NBA team this year. His franchise-record five-year, $193 million contract extension will kick in this season.

The Grizzlies, the No. 2 team in the Western conference, were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers. Afterwards, Morant expressed satisfaction with how he had conducted himself after his March suspension.

“Less drama,” he said. “Less Ja on the blogs for something I said.”

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Ja Morant flashes gun in latest viral video, months after suspension

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