Taylor Jenkins, the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, said on Sunday night that there is no schedule for Ja Morant to return to the team and that the All-Star guard is aware that he has made “tough decisions and terrible choices” that he is responsible for being accountable for.
Since the NBA is looking into a social media image that purported to show Ja Morant having a gun, he did not go with the club to Los Angeles for the games against the Clippers on Sunday and the Lakers on Tuesday. In the post, Morant looked to be clutching a pistol.
Jenkins spoke to the video and described it as having a “really terrible time.”
A few hours after performing in Denver, Morant uploaded a video to his Instagram account early on Saturday morning showing himself at what seemed to be a nightclub with what appeared to be a pistol. He said in a statement sent via the agency representing him that he took “full responsibility” for his behavior and was going to “take some time away to receive assistance.”
Jenkins added, “He recognizes he’s made some tough decisions and terrible choices in the past that he’s had to answer for.” “He understands he’s made some difficult decisions and poor choices in the past.” “There is no doubt that he is coming to terms with the errors that he has produced, but only time will tell. We are going to back him up, and at the same time, we are going to make him responsible for bringing about those reforms.
Jenkins chose not to elaborate on the requirements that Morant must fulfill to be reinstated to the team, stating, “We love him, we want what’s best for him, and we support him.” The process will be challenging, but we have a wonderful set of people to help us get through this.”
He referred to it as “a continuous process of healing.”
Morant might be subject to punishment or suspension from the league depending on what the club decides to do when it investigates the situation.
Morant was also the target of an inquiry by the league after an incident on January 29 in Memphis. According to Morant, this event resulted in a friend being banned from attending home games for a year. After a contest in which they played the Indiana Pacers, that event took place. Many news organizations have claimed that the Indiana Pacers team members observed a red dot directed in their direction, and a security guard for the team speculated that the laser was tied to a firearm.
The National Basketball Association has said that its inquiry has discovered no proof that anybody was threatened with a weapon, even though it has verified that some anonymous persons have been barred from the stadium.
Jenkins said this is a challenging period for a young youngster who must grow and improve. “This is a terrible moment for a young kid,” I know how he’s constructed with that care element and what measures he’s currently doing, but he has enormous obligations, not only for the team but also for the city. It’s a step on the right path toward his being the greatest version of himself that he can be.
The father of a baby girl, who is now four years old, the 23-year-old two-time All-Star is playing for the Grizzlies for the fourth season. Jenkins described Morant as “a generally excellent guy, great family person, a father, brother, son, and part of our community.” Morant was also called “a member of our community.”
“My goal is that he simply gets better,” Jenkins remarked. “He is aware that he has much love and support.