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Ja Morant out indefinitely as Colorado police investigate Grizzlies star for flashing handgun

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The Ja Morant saga continues to unfold.

Morant, as it stands now, is out indefinitely. The Memphis Grizzlies announced their star would be out for at least two games to seek help following an Instagram Live video of him showing off a hand gun at a nightclub, but head coach Taylor Jenkins said Sunday that there is no timeline for Morant’s return.

On Monday, police in Colorado said they have launched an investigation into Morant.


The Glendale Police Department confirmed the incident took place at a bar in Glendale, a small enclave surrounded by Denver known for its strip clubs and shopping centers. The department said it is investigating whether Morant might have broken any gun laws.

Colorado is an open-carry state, although there are exceptions to the law, including the carrying of a firearm on federal property. It is illegal in Colorado to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

NBA rules prohibit a player from possessing a firearm while on team property or traveling on team business. In the video livestreamed by Morant, it is not clear whether he is intoxicated, but others are shown drinking.

Per the Associated Press, Glendale Capt. Jamie Dillon said police looked into the matter after seeing the video online, but did not receive any calls or complaints about Morant.

The latest issue with Morant comes as part of a series of off-the-court incidents.

Earlier this season, friends of Morant allegedly confronted members of the Indiana Pacers after a game and shined a red laser in a “a slow-moving SUV — which Morant was riding in” on them.

In the last week, a Washington Post report came out that said Morant was accused of punching a 17-year-old at his home basketball court over the summer. This was four days after Morant’s mother got into a dispute at a Finish Line shoe store and Morant showed up with “a group of as many as nine other people” with one of them shoving the mall’s security director in the head, and Morant saying, “let me see what time he gets off,” according to the same report.

It’s a perilous situation for the 23-year-old Grizzlies star, the face of the Memphis franchise.


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