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NBA suspends Ja Morant eight games for conduct detrimental to league

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The following is a press release from the NBA:

NEW YORK – The NBA announced today that Memphis
Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has been suspended eight games without
pay for conduct detrimental to the league. The discipline is in
response to Morant’s live streaming of a video on March 4 in which
he is holding a firearm in an intoxicated state while visiting a
Denver area nightclub. Morant will be eligible to return for the
team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, March 20.

A meeting took place today in the NBA’s New York offices between
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Morant to discuss Morant’s
conduct. NBA Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball
Operations Joe Dumars and NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio,
among others, attended the meeting.

The league office conducted an investigation of the March 4
incident. Based on the information obtained during the
investigation, the league did not conclude that the gun at issue
belonged to Morant, was brought by him into the nightclub or was
displayed by him beyond a brief period. The investigation also did
not find that Morant possessed the gun while traveling with the
team or in any NBA facility, and the Colorado authorities did not
find sufficient cause to charge Morant with a crime.

“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very
dangerous,” said Silver. “It also has serious consequences given
his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans
who look up to him. He has expressed sincere contrition and remorse
for his behavior. Ja has also made it clear to me that he has
learned from this incident and that he understands his obligations
and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA
community extend well beyond his play on the court.”

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