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Grizzlies’ Ja Morant enters Florida counseling program, no timetable for return to team: report

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The Memphis Grizzlies continue to be without Ja Morant as the superstar takes “some time away to get help and work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being.”

Part of that process includes entering a counseling program in Florida, according to a Monday report by ESPN.

Ja Morant, #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies, during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum on Feb. 28, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Justin Ford/Getty Images)

There is no timetable for his return, per the report. 

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Morant’s absence from the team comes after video surfaced of Morant appearing to display a gun while at a nightclub in Colorado. 

The Grizzlies spoke with Morant about his off-the-court behavior before the Instagram Live video. 

“We have had conversations in the past trying to guide him and help him continue to evolve as a person and a player,” Memphis head coach Taylor Jenkins said of the discussions before the incident in Glendale, Colorado. 

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“Obviously, this came to a head the other day, so we put this process into action.”

Ja Morant, #12, and Steven Adams, #4 of the Memphis Grizzlies, interact in the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on Nov. 30, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Ja Morant, #12, and Steven Adams, #4 of the Memphis Grizzlies, interact in the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on Nov. 30, 2022 in Minneapolis. (David Berding/Getty Images)

The video at the nightclub was just the latest in a few concerning off-the-court reports surrounding Morant. 

He reportedly punched a teenager in the head “12 to 13 times” in a pickup basketball game at Morant’s house last summer, according to The Washington Post.  

According to the report, Morant went into his house after the altercation and emerged with a gun in his waist and his hand on the weapon. 

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Morant told police he had acted in self-defense and filed a police report after the teenager allegedly said he would come back after the altercation and “light this place up like fireworks.”

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, #12, dribbles during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in Denver March 3, 2023.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, #12, dribbles during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in Denver March 3, 2023. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

In February, the Indiana Pacers claimed that after an altercation between associates of Morant and the Pacers, a red laser was pointed at the team from an SUV that was carrying Morant, which the Pacers believed was a gun.

The NBA investigated the incident and found that no “individual threatened others with a weapon.”

Morant has missed the last five games as the Grizzlies have gone 3-2 in his absence. 

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.



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