Ja Morant’s entourage ‘aggressively threatened and trained a red laser believed to be from a GUN at the Pacers team,’ following the Grizzlies’ win as the NBA investigates the incident
Following the Grizzlies’ game with the Pacers on January 29, acquaintances of Ja Morant ‘aggressively confronted’ members of Indiana’s traveling party – and pointed a red laser at the them, according to a new report.
The Athletic said that Morant was riding with friend Davonte Pack and one other person in an SUV when a red laser was pointed at the Pacers bus.
Two people who spoke to the publication anonymously said they believed the laser was attached to a gun, while an Indiana security guard nearby claimed ‘that’s 100 percent a gun.’ However, it has not been confirmed it the laser was attached to a weapon.
The incident led to a league investigation, and seems to have shook up those who were involved.
‘We felt we were in grave danger,’ one person present said.
Ja Morant scored 27 points and 15 assists in the game, which Memphis won 112-100
Morant’s friend Javonte Pack (red hat) was removed from the floor in the third quarter
League spokesperson Mike Bass offered the following statement to The Athletic, saying that the probe could not prove that anyone was threatened with a weapon.
‘NBA Security and league investigators conducted an investigation interviewing numerous eyewitnesses and reviewing video surveillance following allegations made by the Indiana Pacers organization regarding a postgame incident on Jan. 29. While we substantiated that a postgame situation arose that was confrontational, based on interviews and other evidence gathered, we could not corroborate that any individual threatened others with a weapon,’ he said.
‘Certain individuals involved in the postgame situation and a related matter during the game that night have been subsequently banned from attending games in the arena. If additional information becomes available related to the postgame situation, the league office will conduct a further review.’
After the report became public, Morant commented on the situation on his Twitter:
‘did a investigation seen they were cappin,’ he wrote Sunday night. ‘still let a article come out to paint this negative image on me & my fam . & banned my brother from home games for a year. unbelievable.’
Memphis head coach Taylor Jenkins also spoke about the alleged incident before the team played the Raptors Sunday.
‘That was addressed internally. [We’re] aware of the investigation, the NBA did a full investigation, we were fully compliant with it, and I think they came out with a statement saying nothing was corroborated or found. So, that’s what I know and that’s all I’m going to comment about,’ he said.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Grizzlies for comment.
The laser incident was a culmination of tensions between Morant’s entourage and the Pacers throughout the night.
During the game, Morant’s father and Pack verbally fought with Pacers players, and Pack walked on the court to direct expletives at Indiana players in the third quarter, according to The Athletic.
Pack was removed after a referee intervened, with security becoming involved.
The drama didn’t end there, as Pack and others reportedly stood within 30 feet from Pacers players and staffers as they prepared to load the bus after the game, and shouted at them.
Pack and others said, according to sources, ‘Come get some of this’, ‘you don’t know how we roll’ and ‘I’ll show you what I got.’
The remarks reportedly continued for 15-20 minutes before Morant entered the loading area. He, Pack and the others then split into two different vehicles.
The SUV Morant was in reportedly eventually turned toward the Pacers bus and slowed down which is when the alleged laser point occurred.
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