In January, a report emerged that Ja Morant, the star player of the Memphis Grizzlies, was sued for supposedly hitting a teenager in the face during a pickup basketball game outside his residence in July 2022. Recently released police reports claim that the 23-year-old threatened the teenager with a firearm after the incident.
Police documents indicate that the 17-year-old threw a basketball at Morant, inadvertently hitting him in the face. Allegedly, Morant responded by raising his chin and inquiring of a bystander, "Should I do it to him?" Subsequently, according to the teenager, Morant purportedly punched him with a closed fist, causing him to fall to the ground.
As per the documents, Morant purportedly persisted in striking the teenager while he was on the ground, and an additional man intervened and began assaulting him too.
The Washington Post obtained police reports stating that the teenager informed detectives from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office that Morant entered his residence following the altercation and subsequently emerged with a firearm visible in the waistband of his pants, with one hand on the weapon.
The original report of the incident did not include any mention of the purported firearm threat.
Ja Morant was accused of punching a 17-year-old boy 12-13 times and flashing a gun at him during a pickup basketball game last summer, according to a police report obtained by @mollyhc
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 1, 2023
According to The Washington Post's account, Morant purportedly "threatened" security personnel at a Memphis mall four days prior to the altercation at his residence. A member of Morant's entourage reportedly pushed the security director in the head.
Morant acknowledged hitting the teenager, but maintains that he did so in self-defense. He contends that the teenager intentionally threw the ball at him and then proceeded to advance towards him in a confrontational manner.
According to Jim Tanner, Morant's agent, The Post was informed that the accusation regarding the firearm has undergone a thorough investigation.
“Any and every allegation involving a firearm has been fully investigated and could not be corroborated. This includes the NBA investigation last month, in which they found no evidence,” Tanner said. He also said the incident with the teenage boy “was purely self-defense. Again, after this was fully investigated by law enforcement, they came to the decision not to charge Ja with any crime.”
On October 4, 2022, the case was presented to the district attorney's office, but the prosecution was refused.
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