Recently, Ja Morant’s camp made a statement saying that the firearm Morant was brandishing in his most recent incident on Instagram Live was a toy gun. It will be almost impossible for the league to prove whether the gun is real or not.
However, with this being the second time Morant has been in a situation like this in less than six months, even if it was a toy, the league could still bring the hammer down on him.
With Morant being one of the biggest names in the league, the NBA has done everything that it can to try to keep him out of trouble. The league does not benefit anything from suspending Ja, and with them having the out of the gun potentially not being real, he could avoid a suspension.
With commissioner Adam Silver waiting until the NBA Finals concluded, it has given time for the situation to blow over a bit and for many to completely forget about the situation. All of these factors could lead to Morant getting a shorter suspension than his first suspension, or what Memphis Grizzlies fans are wishing for, no suspension at all.
The much more likely option is that the league will end up making an example out of Morant. After they took things easy on him after his first incident, Silver has indicated that things will be taken much more seriously this time around.
While the league does not benefit from Morant being suspended, he has forced their hand. After the NBA’s investigation into the situation, it appeared that they found some very serious evidence. While we will not know exactly what the findings are until the league officially releases them, things do not look good for the young star.
There is a chance that he could receive a suspension anywhere between 20-50 games. This would leave the Grizzlies in a terrible spot without their best player. However, they have performed well without him in the past, and could keep their heads above water until he makes his return.
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