Tee Morant on suspended son Ja Morant: ‘He got in trouble because of his decisions’
In the midst of his own difficulties, Tee Morant, the father of Memphis Grizzlies great Ja Morant, is advising aspiring basketball players on how to make decisions.
Speaking to the youngsters present at the Up Next Elite Camp in New Orleans, Morant urged them to “be mindful of every decision you make,” noting that he alone is to blame for his own plight.
“My son didn’t get in trouble ’cause of people around him,” Morant said. “He got in trouble because of his decisions.”
He’s making reference to an off-court incident involving Ja Morant, who was suspended for 25 games for league-unfavorable behavior after twice showing a handgun on Instagram Live, the first time earning him an eight-game suspension and a trip to a Florida counseling facility.
“The smallest thing you can do can make the biggest difference in your life,” Morant added. “When I’m talking about life and living, I get kind of emotional … but I’m just telling y’all to make the right decisions.”
After a game against the Denver Nuggets on March 4, Ja Morant streamed on Instagram Live from a Denver nightclub while brandishing a gun. Two months later, on May 14, while riding in a car with several other people in Memphis, Morant brandished a gun in another Instagram Live video.
“Morant wielded the firearm while knowing that he was being recorded and that the recording was being live streamed on Instagram Live, despite having made commitments to the NBA and public statements that he would not repeat the conduct for which he was previously disciplined,” 카지노사이트킴 the league said in a statement in June announcing his 25-game suspension.