Adam Silver says NBA ‘uncovered a fair amount’ of new information, will announce decision after Finals

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant sits on the bench during the first half of Game 5 during an NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday April 26, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Ja Morant promised Adam Silver that he would change. All of this only made his recurrence worse. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Ja Morant remains suspended indefinitely by the Memphis Grizzlies after appearing on social media again with a gun, and it looks like some major NBA discipline could be on the way.

Asked about the Grizzlies star during his press conference ahead of the NBA Finals, commissioner Adam Silver said his office had uncovered “a fair amount of additional information” about Morant and had already made a decision on him. without the playoffs:

“In terms of timing, we’ve uncovered a fair amount of additional information since I was asked about the situation. We probably could have talked about it now, but we’ve made the decision – and I think the association of Players agrees with us – that it would be unfair for these players and teams in the midst of this series to announce the results of this investigation.

Silver went on to say that Morant’s decision will be announced “soon after the conclusion of the finals.” He also said that an individual player’s history is taken into account when determining a player’s discipline, which is probably not good news for Morant.

Ja Morant’s backstory won’t help him with the NBA

The All-Star was suspended by the league for eight games earlier this year after going on Instagram Live while holding a handgun at a strip club. This incident followed reports of several gun-related incidents involving Morant.

The initial suspension was touted by the Grizzlies and the NBA as an opportunity for Morant to work on his mental health, which the player himself spoke about upon his return. Here’s how Silver described Morant’s behavior after being sidelined in the statement announcing the suspension:

“He expressed sincere contrition and remorse for his behavior. Ja also made it clear to me that he learned from this incident and understood that his obligations and responsibility to the Memphis Grizzlies and the NBA community in the sense wide extend far beyond his game on the court.”

Apparently the lesson didn’t take for Morant. He was seen on Instagram Live again holding a gun on May 14 and was suspended indefinitely by his team before the end of the day.

Morant responded with his own statement of apology, along with a series of cryptic Instagram posts so concerning they resulted in police being dispatched to his home for a wellness check.

Meanwhile, Silver appeared on TV to say he was “shocked” by Morant’s latest incident and promised another NBA investigation. The answer probably won’t be two weeks of therapy this time.

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