Ja Morant apologizes after video appears to show him holding a gun
(CNN) — Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant apologized via his representation Saturday after posting a video of himself earlier in the day, appearing to hold a gun.
“I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” the statement read. “I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down. I’m going to take some time away to get help and work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being.”
The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies had already announced earlier Saturday Ja Morant would “be away from the team” for at least the next two games,” after the Instagram Live post.
The star point guard’s Instagram and Twitter accounts have now been deactivated.
The league is investigating the star point guard and the video, according to NBA insiders.
“We are aware of a social media post involving Ja Morant and are investigating,” Mike Bass, NBA spokesman told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Athletic.
In the clip, posted early Saturday morning and shared widely on social media, the 23-year-old briefly flashes what appears to be a gun while reportedly listening to music at a nightclub, according to Wojnarowski.
CNN has reached out to Morant’s representation for further comment.
The rest of the team will travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Sunday and the Lakers on Tuesday, both at the Crypto.com Arena.