Two months after being suspended from the NBA for showing a gun on an Instagram livestream, Ja Morant appears to have done it again.
The footage, posted by Instagram account @_dtap2, was confirmed on Sunday by NBA spokesman Mike Bass, who said, “We are aware of the social media post featuring Ja Morant and are in the process of gathering more information.”
The Memphis Grizzlies announced that Morant was banned from all team activities after the video surfaced.
Morant was suspended for eight games after another Instagram Live filmed him brandishing a gun at a strip club called Shotgun Willie’s in Glendale, Colorado, on March 4.
Morant denied that the gun in the March incident was his and signed up for a counseling program in Florida.
“I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” he said in an interview opinion. “To my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization, I’m sorry for letting you down. I will take some time to get help and work on learning better ways to manage stress and my overall well-being.”
The NBA suspended Morant “for league-damaging conduct,” but said it had “not concluded that the gun in question belonged to Morant, was brought into the nightclub by him, or was displayed by Morant beyond a short period of time.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the time, “Ja’s behavior was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous.” Given his massive fan base and influence, especially among young fans who look up to him, it also has serious implications.
“He has expressed sincere remorse for his behavior. Ja also made it clear to me that he learned from this incident and that he understands that his obligations and responsibilities to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA community extend far beyond his play on the court.”