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NBA Has 'Uncovered Additional Information' On Ja Morant, Discipline Will Wait Until After Finals

Jun 1, 2023 9:35 PM

Adam Silver addressed the NBA's investigation into Ja Morant in which the Memphis Grizzlies guard was on social media for the second time this year flashing a firearm.

Silver said the NBA has uncovered "additional information" and that no punishment will be announced during The Finals.

"So in assessing what discipline is appropriate, if that's the case, we look at both the history of prior acts, but then we look at the individual player's history, as well," said Silver. "And the seriousness, of course, of the conduct. Those are all things that get factored.

"It's not an exact science. It comes down to judgment at the end of the day on the part of me and my colleagues in the league office.

"In terms of the timing, we've uncovered a fair amount of additional information, I think, since I was first asked about the situation. I will say we probably could have brought it to a head now, but we made the decision, and I believe the Players Association agrees with us, that it would be unfair to these players and these teams in the middle of the series to announce the results of that investigation.

"Given that we're of course in the offseason, he has now been suspended by the Memphis Grizzlies indefinitely, so nothing would have changed anyway in the next few weeks. It seemed better to park that at the moment, at least any public announcement, and my sense now is that shortly after the conclusion of the Finals we will announce the outcome of that investigation."

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NBA Investigating Referee Eric Lewis' Alleged Burner Account On Twitter

May 30, 2023 12:50 AM

The NBA launched an investigation into veteran referee Eric Lewis involving an alleged burner account on Twitter.

The account, which is now deleted, defended Lewis and other NBA referees.

There is a league rule against referees commenting on officiating without receiving official authorization.

Lewis could face discipline should the account be proven to have been his. 


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Ja Morant Sneaker No Longer Listed On Nike, Finish Line Apps

May 18, 2023 10:05 PM

Ja Morant's Hunger Ja 1 sneakers are no longer listed on the Nike or Finish Line apps.

The sneakers had an expected release date of May 25.

The sneakers are still posted on the SNKRS and Hibbet Sports apps.

Morant recently released a statement taking accountability for his actions after appearing on Instagram Live holding a gun. 

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Ja Morant Releases Statement: 'I Take Full Accountability For My Actions'

May 16, 2023 10:48 PM

Ja Morant released a statement on Tuesday night after appearing on Instagram Live holding a gun over this past weekend.

“I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me. This is a journey and I recognize there is more work to do.

"My words may not mean much right now, but I take full accountability for my actions. I’m committed to continuing to work on myself," said Morant.

Morant is currently suspended from all Grizzlies activities.

Adam Silver addressed the situation on Tuesday, admitting he was "shocked" when he saw the video.  

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Adam Silver 'Shocked' By Ja Morant Holding Gun In Social Media Video Again

May 16, 2023 9:14 PM

Adam Silver said he was "shocked" when he saw a social media video of Ja Morant holding a firearm less than two months after they met to discuss a similar incident. The NBA suspended Morant for eight games when he was holding a handgun at a Denver-area club during an Instagram Live session.

"Honestly, I was shocked when I saw this weekend that video," Silver told ESPN's Malika Andrews from the NBA's draft lottery Tuesday in Chicago. "Now, we're in the process of investigating it, and we'll figure out exactly what happened to the best we can. The video is a bit grainy and all that, but I'm assuming the worst."

Morant met with Silver after he spent time in a Florida counseling facility.

"We talked directly about the consequences first," Silver told ESPN on Tuesday. "Before we got to a subsequent potential to have done something wrong, we were very focused on the misconduct that was in front of us at the time. Frankly, most of our conversation was about how incredibly serious the first incident was of waving a firearm on social media.

"Again, the consequences there -- an eight-game suspension -- was pretty serious and something that he, at least to me, seemed to take incredibly seriously in that time. And we spoke for a long time about not just the consequences that could have on his career, but the safety issues around it -- [Morant] could've injured, maimed, killed himself, someone else with an act like that -- and also the acknowledgment that he's a star. He has an incredibly huge following, and [we discussed] my concern -- and I thought he shared with me -- that millions, if not tens of millions, of kids globally would have seen him do something that was celebrating in a way that act of using a firearm in that fashion.

"So I at least was left with the sense that he was taking this incredibly serious."

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Ja Morant Suspended From All Grizzlies Activities

May 14, 2023 11:38 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have suspended Ja Morant. The suspension comes after Morant was seen on an Instagram Live video holding a gun.

The Grizzlies statement reads: "We are aware of the social media video involving Ja Morant. He is suspended from all team activities pending League review. We have no further comment at this time."

Morant was previously suspended eight games after a video surfaced of him holding a gun in a Denver area nightclub.

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