An NBA player took the time to reward a young basketball fan who, while waiting to get an autograph from him, had her basketball stolen from her by two people who were also at the arena.
According to NBA.com, Memphis Grizzlies point guard, Ja Morant reached out to a young basketball fan to give her some items after two thieves took a basketball she possessed that contained the autographs of several basketball players. She had been collecting the signatures for the past six years.
The girl, Ellie Hughes, is an 11-year-old Grizzlies fan who was at the game that the team played against the San Antonio Spurs, and was waiting for her turn to speak to Morant when the incident took place.
After discovering that the two people stole her basketball ball through social media, Morant asked via his Twitter account, if anyone knew who the young girl’s family was.
do anybody know the family info? https://t.co/mS4JCNKaZf
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 11, 2023
The popular player got in touch with Hughes’ family and invited her and her family to Wednesday night’s game against the Spurs. He ended up giving her his game-worn jersey and an unreleased Ja 1 Nike shoes.
“Ja Morant gifted 11-year old Ellie Hughes a pair of his Ja 1 sneakers and an autographed jersey after his 38-point game. Morant told her that she’s one of just a few people in the world who have the shoe. Hughes reportedly had her basketball stolen at the Grizz game on Monday.”
Ja Morant gifted 11-year old Ellie Hughes a pair of his Ja 1 sneakers and an autographed jersey after his 38-point game. Morant told her that she’s one of just a few people in the world who have the shoe.
Hughes reportedly had her basketball stolen at the Grizz game on Monday. pic.twitter.com/8p2QKAO8uJ
— Damichael Cole (@DamichaelC) January 12, 2023
“It’s something I pretty much love to do,” Morant said. “You touch somebody’s heart like that. A big fan of the Grizzlies for years. It’s moments like that that mean the most to them. Something they will never forget.”
Morant scored 38 points as the Grizzlies beat San Antonio 135-129 for their eighth straight win.