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After cryptic Instagram posts, sheriffs conduct welfare check on Morant. He’s fine.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 6: Ja Morant attends Saturday Nights at Sound Nightclub on May 6, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)


There are a lot of people worried about the mental health of Grizzlies’ star Ja Morant. That led to the Memphis Police Department sending officers out for a mental wellness check on Morant on Wednesday morning. Fortunately, he is fine.

It all started when Morant put up an Instagram story with some cryptic messages, which were then deleted. The first one said “Love ya ma,” (followed by a blue heart emoji, which was in each of the first three posts), then “Love ya pops,” then “You da greatest baby girl love ya.” Then he posted one final thing that simply said, “Bye.”

Police were sent to check on Morant’s welfare, reports TMZ Sports.

A spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said cops went to the NBA star’s home in Tennessee shortly after Morant shared the concerning messages on his Instagram page ... and they say he told them simply “that he is taking a break from social media.”

“He is fine,” the spokesperson added.

That’s good news.

Morant is currently on suspension from the Grizzlies after a second video where he appears to flash a gun. Morant has taken public responsibility for his actions while the NBA investigates, and the expectation around the league is that Adam Silver will come down hard on him with a stiff suspension.

Morant was suspended for eight games in March after flashing a gun at a Denver-area club. At the time Morant went through counseling to deal with his stress and was away from the team for a time, and he met with Silver as well. Morant said to Silver and publicly that incident was not representative of who he was as a person and he would be more responsible.

Morant also admitted that incident impacted the Grizzlies on and off the court.

Now the Grizzlies and Morant await the league’s ruling on his expected suspension.