Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant continues to draw attention for all the wrong reasons.
The former second-overall pick has been tangled up in multiple gun-related incidents as of late, with one of his friends even reportedly threatening to shoot a member of the Indiana Pacers’ staff.
Now, Morant is being accused of reportedly punching a 17-year-old kid 12 or 13 times during a basketball pickup game, later flashing a gun at him, according to a story by Bleacher Report.
Ja Morant was accused of punching a 17-year-old boy 12-13 times and flashing a gun at him during a pickup basketball game last summer, according to a police report obtained by @mollyhc
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 1, 2023
There’s no denying that Morant is one of the most promising and impactful offensive forces in the league, with some stating that he could reach a higher ceiling than other athletic guards like Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook.
But he already caught plenty of criticism for seemingly threatening to shoot a fan on social media, not to mention his father’s near physical altercation with NFL legend Shannon Sharpe.
It’s hard to understand why Ja wants to be looked at as a tough guy from the streets at this point in his career.
He should be thinking about getting better as a player and earning his colleagues’ respect on the court.
Morant got his own signature shoe with Nike and is one of the budding stars in the league, so there’s no point in this kind of behavior.
Most young men dream of pursuing a career as a professional basketball player and never get close to that goal, so Ja shouldn’t risk losing everything over that kind of behavior, assuming those accusations are actually true.NEXT: Ja Morant Reveals Whether He Will Participate In NBA Dunk Contest