ESPN commentator Jalen Rose provided a profound message to Ja Morant as he takes time to concentrate on his well-being after the release of an Instagram Live video showing him purportedly brandishing a pistol in a nightclub.
“He’s got much too much to lose,” Rose remarked of the Memphis Grizzlies guard on Saturday. “I’ve been that young athlete with a pistol, and as (Michael) Wilbon said, waving it may get you murdered. It is very different from what a superstar athlete should be doing.”
Morant, who is averaging 27.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game, has been banned for at least two games by the Grizzlies, and there is no schedule for his return.
“I’m Ja Morant,” Rose claimed of himself as a standout athlete fresh out of Michigan in 1994.
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Morant, who has made headlines in recent weeks, issued an apology to the organisation and his support base.
“I fully accept responsibility for my conduct last night,” Morant said in a statement. “I’m sorry for disappointing my family, players, coaches, fans, partners, Memphis, and the whole Grizzlies organisation.”
Rose feels Morant has made a good stride.
“I’m delighted he acknowledged in his statement that ‘I need to make adjustments for myself,’” Rose remarked.
“He’s a 23-year-old young guy, no one was arrested, no one was hurt, and I’m hearing far too many tales about firearms, okay? Last night on Instagram Live, I watched the footage as you guys did of the 17-year-old boy waving the pistol. The next phase is now healing, and I feel he’s on that road, and I’m glad he is.”