The Memphis Grizzlies announced that Ja Morant will be away from the team for at least the next two games after he appeared to flash a gun in an Instagram Live video early Saturday morning.
The video was posted after the Grizzlies’ road loss to the Denver Nuggets Friday night. NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said on Saturday that the league is aware of the post and has started an investigation.
Morant released a statement later on Saturday saying he takes “full responsibility for my actions last night.”
It has been a tumultuous week for Morant. On Wednesday, Molly Hensley-Clancy of The Washington Post reported that Morant was accused of punching a 17-year-old more than a dozen times and flashing a gun at him last summer. The story included another incident in which Morant allegedly threatened a mall security guard and that a member of Morant’s group pushed the security guard, citing police reports.
In early February, Morant tweeted that one of his friends received a year-long ban from FedExForum, the Grizzlies’ home arena, as a result of a confrontation between his circle and members of the Indiana Pacers organization following a game on Jan. 29.
The Grizzlies’ next two games are in Los Angeles with one against the Clippers on Sunday and one against the Lakers on Tuesday. The team will then return to Memphis for a Thursday contest against the Golden State Warriors.