The Memphis Grizzlies’ notorious point guard Ja Morant found himself in a career-threatening situation after appearing live on Instagram with a firearm while partying with strippers.
Following his antics, the Grizzlies suspended him initially for two games to get him out of the spotlight. Moreover, the star issued an apology statement just before deactivating all of his social media accounts—an indication of being concerned and understanding the consequences of his actions.
Additionally, the point guard is nowhere to be seen returning to the court yet, as his coach also cleared his indefinite absence as a consequence of his behavioral pattern.
Why is Ja Morant absent for so long?
As previously noted, the Grizzlies’ coach Taylor Jenkins failed to provide any possible return date for the 23-year-old, so it was assumed his potential rehab after several controversial behavioral actions he demonstrated.
Consequentially, the youngster has decided to enter a counseling program in Florida and has squashed any rumor of him being back in the near future.
Reporting with @ESPN_MacMahon: Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant has entered a counseling program in Florida and there remains no timetable for his return to active play.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 13, 2023
We also assume the franchise insisted Ja undergo this procedure to stabilize his mental health, as the PG has an established history of violence and intimidation, even with guns.
Furthermore, it was a smart decision for them to keep him distant from the NBA as the authority is still extensively investigating his actions over the years. It poses a career-ending risk if the NBA should find any incriminating evidence.
Previously, the NBA suspended the Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas for the remainder of the 2010 season. In Morant’s context, he could face civil charges, including a 50-game suspension, for his action.
On the other hand, the 6.2-footer should consider his long-term future and mental health recovery. He is one of the most consistent performers this season, despite his unacceptable attitude so far.
In his 53 appearances this season, he has scored an average of 27.1 points with six rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. The Grizzlies also have a favorable seed in the playoffs as the second team in the Western Conference.
What’s your thought on Ja Morant’s mental rehab? Will the counseling program do him any favors? Let us know your opinion in the comments.