NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was “shocked” to see Memphis Grizzlies All-Star Ja Morant with a firearm in another Instagram Live video.
Silver told ESPN’s Malika Andrews about the situation just two months after Morant was suspended for eight games for doing the same on his Instagram account while at a nightclub. This time, Morant was posted on his friend’s Instagram account while they were in the car together.
“Honestly, I was shocked to see that video this weekend,” Silver said at Tuesday’s NBA Draft Draw. “We are currently investigating and will try to figure out what happened as accurately as possible.
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The Instagram account belongs to Morant’s friend DaVonte Puck, who was also involved in multiple off-court incidents investigated by the league. He was also suspended for one year from the Grizzlies game after being involved in a postgame altercation with the Indiana Pacers on January 29.
At the time, the Pacers claimed to have seen a red laser aimed at them from Morant’s SUV. However, the league’s investigation “did not support the fact that the individual threatened another with a weapon.”
Morant’s first gunshot incident happened while he was in Denver to play the Nuggets and got drunk at a club.
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Morant registered with a counseling facility in Florida. Morant learned how to manage stress better.
He then traveled to New York City to meet with Mr. Silver, and came to see Mr. Silver 11 days after the Denver incident.
After the meeting, Silver was suspended for eight games without pay. Mr Silver called Mr Morant’s actions “irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous”.
“We were very focused on the wrongdoing that was in front of us at the time, before it became possible that we had done something wrong afterwards,” Silver told ESPN on Tuesday. “Frankly, most of our conversation was about how incredibly serious the first incident of brandishing a firearm on social media was.
“By contrast, the consequences of an eight-game suspension were pretty serious, and at least to me at the time, he seemed incredibly serious about it. We talked for a long time about what wasn’t.” Not only about his career, but also the safety issues associated with it. [Morant] There was also the possibility of hurting, hurting, or even committing suicide with similar acts, and there was also the perception that he was a star. he has an incredible number of fans [we discussed] My concern, and I thought he was the same as mine, is that millions and millions of children around the world celebrate the way he uses firearms. It was that I might be watching you doing things. ”
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While the NBA is investigating Morant’s incident, the Grizzlies have suspended Morant from all team activities pending a league review.