A Saturday Instagram Live video showed Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant clutching a gun in his car more than two months after he opened fire during an Instagram Live video at a Denver-area strip club that led to eight The game was suspended.
In a clip captured on social media by the Instagram Live account “_dtap2”, Morant is briefly shown holding a gun before the video cuts away from him.
On March 4, the 23-year-old security guard was seen on Instagram Live waving a gun at Shotgun Willie’s in Glendale, Colorado.
Morant, who said the gun was not his, left the team to enter a counseling program and was subsequently suspended by the NBA for eight games.
After investigating the case in March, Glendale police said that “there was not enough evidence to convict anyone of a crime.”
“That is not me. I do not condone violence of any kind, but I have taken responsibility for my actions.
Morant also said that it would “show everyone who Ja really is, who I am and change this story that no one wrote on me.”
Following Morant’s suspension, NBA commissioner Adam Silver commented on the incident.
“Ja’s actions were irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous,” Silver said in a statement. “It also has serious consequences, given his massive following and influence, especially among young fans who admire him.
“He deeply regrets his actions. Jaa has also learned from this incident and made it clear to me that he understands that his duties and responsibilities to the Memphis Grizzlies and the wider NBA community extend far beyond playing on the court.
Morant played in eight regular season games after returning from suspension, starting five of six games, while missing a Game 2 win with a hand injury suffered during the first round loss to the second-seeded Grizzlies for the Lakers.
Morant averaged 24.6 points, 7.0 assists and 6.8 rebounds for the series.