NBA player Ja Morant, of the Memphis Grizzlies, will reportedly not face criminal charges in regard to the player brandishing a gun via Instagram Live, Saturday morning. According to CPR, the Glendale Police Department in Colorado revealed the decision on Wednesday.
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Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant will not face charges in Colorado related to the livestreamed video is which he appeared to be displaying a gun in a Glendale strip club. https://t.co/6DHEJ921l6
— CPR News (@CPRNews) March 9, 2023
The Glendale Police Department’s Investigation
According to the outlet, authorities looked into the Instagram Live video where Morant was seen holding the weapon. Additionally, police “found no proof that a crime was committed” and shared a statement with the public.
In this case, it should be noted that on the night in question the GPD did not receive any calls for service at the nightclub regarding a weapon of any type. Subsequently, no disturbances were reported, and no citizens of patrons of the club came forward to make a complaint.
The police department’s investigation “concluded that no one was threatened or menaced with the firearm.” Furthermore, the investigation revealed that “no firearm was ever located.”
The NBA Issues An Update In Response To The Investigation’s Findings
According to the Associated Press, the Memphis Grizzlies revealed that Morant “will be away from the team for at least four more games.” The team shared the announcement after the update from the Glendale Police Department.
Statement from the Memphis Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/B3gk6injgK
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) March 8, 2023
Additionally, Associated Press shared that the earliest NBA fans will see the 23-year-old player back on the court is March 17, when the Memphis Grizzlies play in San Antonio. However, the outlet added that there is “no guarantee” of that prediction.
The Grizzlies have announced Ja Morant will be away from the team for at least four more games.
Police say Morant will not face charges related to the livestreamed video is which he appeared to be displaying a gun in a strip club. https://t.co/J0gjCIxk3j
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 9, 2023
The Associated Press’ article was also shared via the official NBA website.
The Memphis Grizzlies’ Previous Statement & Ja Morant’s Apology
As The Shade Room previously reported, the Memphis Grizzlies settled on a two-game suspension of Morant on March 4.
Statement from the Memphis Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/CLB2TG5nnI
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) March 4, 2023
Later that day, Morant took responsiblity for the incident and issued an apology via his agent, Jim Tanner, as reported by The Shade Room.
Statement from Ja Morant via his agent, Jim Tanner: pic.twitter.com/jXzs7HvLvG
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) March 4, 2023
Ja Morant’s Instagram Live Where He Was Seen With A Gun
As The Shade Room previously reported, Morant went live via Instagram early Saturday morning. The player appeared to be streaming from a strip club, after the Grizzlies lost to the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
During the stream, Morant was seen holding up a gun to his head and flashing it repeatedly to viewers.
Ja Morant showing off his gun on Instagram live today.
— Savage (@SavageSports_) March 4, 2023
Despite the Instagram Live being deleted, viewers were still able to share screenshots from the stream, exposing Morant’s actions.