Ja Morant avoids charge after displaying gun in nightclub, Colorado Police announces
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Ja Morant won't face any charges for brandishing a gun inside a nightclub, the Colorado Police announced. After the Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets game last Friday, Morant displayed a gun on Instagram Live. The Grizzlies reacted by immediately suspending Morant, while the Colorado Police launched an investigation to see if there was any material to charge Morant.
"GPD was not able to determine that probable cause existed for the filing of any charges. 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 or patrons of the club came forward to make a complaint. The investigation also concluded that no one was threatened or menaced with the firearm and in fact no firearm was ever located," a statement from the Colorado Police read.
Morant remains suspended by the Grizzlies
Initially, Morant was suspended for two games. On Wednesday, the Grizzlies announced Morant will be out for at least four more games. Since the gun incident, the Grizzlies have been adamant they are taking this matter very seriously.
"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. Following the new suspension, Morant will be out of action through at least March 15. It remains to be seen if Morant will be reinstated after his current four-game suspension ends.