Richard Jefferson backs Ja Morant to 'turn things on' after gun incident

Jefferson shares his thoughts on the Morant controversy.

by Dzevad Mesic
Richard Jefferson backs Ja Morant to 'turn things on' after gun incident

Former NBA champion Richard Jefferson says he believes Ja Morant will learn from his mistake and "turn things on." Over the weekend, Morant displayed a gun in a nightclub during an Instagram Live. The Memphis Grizzlies quickly reacted as they suspended Morant for at least two games.

Morant has faced criticism for his latest action, with some telling him he is risking his NBA career just because he "wants to look tough." "Him and his family are good people. I believe in him. I believe that he'll kind of turn things on.

And, look, we've seen men come through worse and come out on the other side," Jefferson told TMZ Sports.

Morant vowed to get help

Over the last couple of months, Morant has made the headlines several times for not-so-great reasons.

After his latest controversy, Morant took responsibility for his actions and vowed to seek help. "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," Morant said in his statement.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies said they are treating the Morant situation "very seriously" but noted the team has made itself available when it comes to supporting Morant. "We're taking this very seriously. There's a supportive element for someone that's got to get better and needs some help.

But then there's also accountability to the team that we've got to stand for. Obviously nationwide, leaguewide, there's been a lot of attention on gun violence, and so for us, that's the stance that we've taken about how we can support Ja throughout this growth opportunity.

It's a learning opportunity, and hopefully we can be better from it," Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said. Meanwhile, there is a chance that Morant will be suspended for more than two games. It remains to be seen when will Morant return to the court.

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