Ja Morant was not charged by police following an Instagram live where he flashed a gun, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be returning to the court any time soon.
Morant will miss at least the next four games, according to the team, while Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said it wouldn’t be the right thing to put a firm date on the guard’s return.
“It’s a healing process. If everyone expects something to change overnight, we’ve got to be due diligence and respectful on that. We’re talking about Ja being in a better place… To put a timetable on it is disrespectful,” Jenkins said on Tuesday.
Colorado police said in a statement on Wednesday that the incident occurred at Shotgun Willie’s, a strip club and that they were “not able to determine that probable cause existed for filing 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,” the statement says. “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 by the firearm and in fact no firearm was ever located.”
Just in: Glendale, Colorado police has closed its investigation into Grizzlies star Ja Morant with no charge or crime: “There was not enough available evidence to charge anyone with a crime.” Full release: pic.twitter.com/Ng0uYdoLpp
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A four-game absence would result in Morant missing big matchups again Dallas and growing rivals Golden State.