On the heels of an investigation that lasted about 11 days, the NBA has decided to suspend Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant for eight games. The determination stems from a highly publicized incident on March 3rd when Ja flashed a gun at a strip club in Glendale, Colorado called Shotgun Willies. Since then, Ja has been on a team-imposed hiatus, during which time the league and colorado authorities have examined details regarding his actions. Ultimately, the NBA ascertained that the gun in the infamous video did not belong to Ja. At the same time, Colorado authorities determined that they did not have enough supporting evidence to charge the 23-year-old with anything.
On a positive note, Ja Morant recently checked himself into a counseling program in Florida. He also met the commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, regarding his actions as of late. The meeting resulted in an eight-game suspension retroactive to March 5th, meaning that Ja will be eligible to return to the hardwood on Monday. Adam Silver released the following statement about the recent string of affairs regarding one of the league's brightest stars and what he'll expect from the four-year veteran upon his return to the Grizzlies.
“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless, and potentially very dangerous,” Silver wrote. “It also has serious consequences given his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans who look up to him...He has expressed sincere contrition and remorse for this behavior. Ja has also made it clear to me that he has learned from this incident and that he understands his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA community extend well beyond his play on the court.”
Source: Yahoo! Sports