The attorneys for suspended Memphis Grizzlies starting point guard, Ja Morant want to utilize the “stand your ground” defense in the lawsuit filed against him by a basketball player.
According to The Associated Press, Morant’s attorneys have presented another defense before the judge hearing the case of the Grizzles player assaulting a then-17-year-old player at the NBA player’s residence last year.
Circuit Court Judge Carol Chumney stated that his attorneys can proceed with the argument that he hit the teenager in self-defense during the pickup game. They are trying to receive immunity for Morant under Tennessee law.
The teenager, Joshua Holloway filed the lawsuit after engaging in a scuffle last July while at the home of Morant.
Morant’s attorneys have already admitted that he punched Holloway after the teenager threw a basketball at Morant and it hit him in the chin. In an earlier motion, they stated he should be immune from liability under Tennessee’s “stand your ground” law.
Judge Chumney has informed both sides that she would like to hear from lawyers in the case, including those representing the Tennessee Attorney General. She wants to determine if the “Stand Your Ground” law is applicable in this case under the state Constitution.
Holloway, who was 17 at the time of the incident accuses Morant and his close friend, Davonte Pack of assault, reckless endangerment, abuse or neglect, and infliction of emotional distress. There have been no criminal charges filed against both men. Holloway filed the lawsuit in September 2022 after the incident at Morant’s home in Eads, Tennessee, on July 26, 2022, TMZ reported.
Morant has also filed a countersuit accusing Holloway of slander, battery, and assault.
Last month, the NBA suspended the Grizzlies’ all-star guard for the first 25 games of the 2023-24 season for conduct detrimental to the league. The 23-year-old was suspended for eight games in March following another incident when he was seen with a gun in an Instagram Live video while at a Denver nightclub.
Attorneys for Ja Morant Wants to Impose the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law as a Defense in Lawsuit