Ja Morant Accused Of Beating Up, Pointing Gun at 17-Year-Old

Ja Morant

Police records obtained by The Washington Post reveal incidents involving Ja Morant and accusations of violent behaviour.

Last summer, Morant allegedly threatened the head of security at a Memphis mall during an altercation, and a member of his group shoved the director in the head, according to the report.

Morant has also been accused in police reports of repeatedly punching a 17-year-old in the head during a pickup basketball game at his house, leaving him with a large knot on the side of his head.

The teenager also claimed that Morant went into his house and flashed a gun in the waistband of his pants. Morant told police he acted in self-defence, according to The Post.

“I swung first,” he told detectives, saying he believed the boy had been the aggressor because he threw a ball at Morant’s head and then stepped toward him, pulling up his pants.

Prosecutors reviewed the case but declined to file charges due to a lack of evidence.

Morant’s agent, Jim Tanner, said in a statement the allegations were “unsubstantiated rumours and gossip” which were “being put out by people motivated to tear Ja down and tarnish his reputation for their own financial gain.”

“Any and every allegation involving a firearm has been fully investigated and could not be corroborated,” Tanner continued. “…Again, after this was fully investigated by law enforcement, they came to the decision not to charge Ja with any crime.”

Morant was also at the centre of a seperate controversy in recent weeks when the NBA investigated an accusation that someone in his car aimed the laser sight of a gun at members of the Indiana Pacers organisation.

The league’s investigation “did not corroborate that any individual threatened others with a weapon”, according to an NBA spokesperson.

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