Police in Tennessee conducted a welfare check on Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant following cryptic messages on his Instagram account Wednesday, with officials telling ESPN that he’s just “taking a break from social media.”
People were concerned about Morant, and the police conducted a welfare check on Morant and determined he was alright.
A spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office told that Morant revealed to the police that he is taking a break from social media, which was the meaning behind his posts on Instagram.
Earlier Wednesday, Morant posted and then deleted messages and pictures to social media saying “Love ya ma” “Love ya pops” and “You da greatest baby girllove ya.” He then followed those with a post that simply said, “Bye.”
Morant, 23, was suspended from all team activities following a video of him holding a gun that circulated on social media on May 13.
The video appeared during an Instagram Live session on the account of Morant’s friend Davonte Pack, with the All-Star flashing a handgun in a car while rapping along with a song. The video was deleted.
The NBA has yet to Issue an official punishment for Morant’s second gun video incident, but one is certainly expected to come.
The league is taking their time with this decision, but all signs point towards Morant receiving a lengthy suspension to begin the 2023-24 season. For now, the star point guard Is taking a break from social media.
The Grizzlies have also remained mostly quiet on the Morant incident, suspending him from team activities shortly after the video surfaced, but allowing the NBA determine their ruling before making any further statements.
After lambasting Ja Morant’s erratic behavior in recent months, Shannon Sharpe now wants to help by sitting down with the Memphis Grizzlies superstar.
“I don’t think the NBA is going to allow you to be a part-time thug and a part-time NBA player. You get to choose one or the other,” Sharpe said on Undisputed.
“Hopefully he chooses the latter and he becomes a full-time basketball player. But I do think Ja needs some guidance, some counseling. I would love to sit down and just have a conversation with him and say, ‘Ja, what do you want bruh, do you understand how much God has given you?’”