Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins: We talked to Ja Morant before gun incident
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Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins revealed the team talked with Ja Morant about his off-court conduct before he flashed a gun inside a nightclub. Since Saturday, Morant has been away from the Grizzlies after he displayed a gun on Instagram Live.
In recent months, Morant has several times found his name in the headlines for the wrong reasons. "We have had conversations in the past trying to guide him and help him continue to evolve as a person and a player. Obviously, this came to a head the other day, so we put this process into action," Jenkins said, per ESPN.
The Grizzlies initially suspended Morant for two games, before extending his suspension for additional four games. Before Morant is allowed to return to action, there are several steps he needs to complete. "There are definitely steps that are going to have to be met -- personally and professionally -- as he deals with some stuff personally to get better," Jenkins said.
Coach Jenkins: Morant needs to first clear several steps
"Everyone wants to know what this going to be. It's the hot topic for sure. But he's taking time. The responsibility to get better personally. That's a big factor in this," Jenkins added.
After Morant displayed a gun on Instagram Live and the Grizzlies suspended him, he took the responsibility for his actions. In his statement, Morant vowed to try to get better as a person. “I take full responsibility for my actions last night.
I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down. 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 after the incident.
If the Grizzlies decide to return Morant to the team after his current suspension ends, the star guard will play again on March 17th.