NBA Suspends Ja Morant for Eight Games


The NBA has suspended Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant for eight games.

The suspension covers the six games he’ll miss, including Wednesday at Miami. Morant is eligible to play on Monday against Dallas, the same day he’s able to rejoin the Grizzlies in the team environment.

Morant met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in New York on Wednesday over his handling of a firearm at a suburban Denver nightclub earlier this month.

“Ja’s conduct was irresponsible, reckless and potentially very dangerous,” said Silver in a statement. “It also has serious consequences given his enormous following and influence, particularly among young fans who look up to him. He has expressed sincere contrition and remorse for his behavior. Ja has also made it clear to me that he has learned from this incident and that he understands his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the broader NBA community extend well beyond his play on the court.”