Grizzlies’ Ja Morant Accused of Punching Teen, Brandishing Gun

Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has been accused of punching a 17-year-old male and pointing a gun at the teenager, as relayed by Molly Hensley-Clancy of The Washington Post.Ja Morant

Details are sketchy, though the incident reportedly involved Morant and a friend, both punching the boy, who told police that he was punched about a dozen times by Morant alone.

Morant and his friend eventually were pulled off the teenager, when Morant returned to show he had a gun in his waistband, the teen told police.

Morant, 23, is averaging 27.2 points and is considered the face of the Grizzlies and the team’s greatest hope for the future. Neither the Grizzlies nor NBA have had an opportunity to respond to The Washington Post story, as both the team and league are said to be gathering information.

In these situations, a league investigation is likely to ensue.

“Last summer, in an encounter that has not been previously reported, the head of security at a Memphis mall told police that Ja Morant ‘threatened’ him during an altercation in the parking lot, leaving him alarmed enough that he filed a police report,” wrote Hensley-Clancy. “A member of Morant’s group shoved the director in the head, he told police. No arrests were made, records show.”

Hoops Wire will have more on this story as it develops.


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