A suspended basketball player is being allowed to practice and travel with the team while he serves out his punishment.
According to ESPN, controversial guard, Ja Morant was on the basketball court with his team, the Memphis Grizzlies despite being suspended for 25 games for conduct detrimental to the league. The troubled NBA player, who has had issues with handguns in the past year was at the Grizzlies’ home stadium, the FedEx Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Grizzlies’ general manager, Zach Kleiman spoke about the NBA permitting Morant to participate in team activities while he serves out his suspension.
“I think it’s great for Ja, and I think it’s great for the group that he can be with us day-to-day,” Kleiman said during the team’s media day on Monday, Oct. 2. “The NBA basically has said that as long as Ja continues to stay on track, he’s going to be clear to participate in all private team activities, so practices, shootarounds, traveling with the team. He’s not going to be with us, obviously, for preseason games and the first 25, but we’ll see him out there and we can’t wait to have him back Game 26.”
Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins revealed that Morant will work with the bench players during training camp to allow the team to prepare to play without him through his suspension.
“We’ve got a separate plan designed for him outside just the team training where we’re going to push him,” Jenkins said. “He’s excited about it and how we can challenge him even more, when we talk about being the best version of Ja moving forward.”
Earlier this year in June 2023, the NBA suspended the Grizzlies’ All-Star guard for the first 25 games of the 2023–24 season. This was because of an incident when Morant was seen on an Instagram post flashing a gun. That was the second occurrence of being seen on social media with a gun in his hand. The 23-year-old was suspended for eight games back in March 2023 following another incident when he was seen with a gun on an Instagram Live video at a Denver nightclub.
Ja Morant Allowed to Practice with Memphis Grizzlies While Serving 25-Game Suspension