Ja Morant: Memphis Grizzlies head coach says there is no timeline for star’s return to team after video appears to show him holding a gun

(CNN) Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said Sunday there was no timeline for star guard Ja Morant to return to the team after posting a video of himself to his Instagram on Saturday. live in which he appeared to be holding a gun.

“There’s no definitive schedule,” Jenkins said while speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“We said it would be at least those two games. We’re taking it one day at a time. It’s going to be an ongoing healing process. I can’t comment on the terms of the exact schedule is going to be because it’s not really not a timing situation.”

On Saturday, the Grizzlies announced that Morant “will be out of the team for at least the next two games,” after posting the video.

In the clip, posted early Saturday morning and widely shared on social media, the 23-year-old briefly displays what appears to be a gun while listening to music at a nightclub, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. .

Morant later apologized via his representation for the video and said he would “take time to get help and work on learning better ways to deal with stress and my overall well-being.”

The star point guard’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were deactivated shortly thereafter.

The league is investigating the star point guard and the video, according to NBA insiders.

Jenkins said Morant understood that he had made “tough decisions and bad decisions in the past.”

“That’s why you see in his statement – ​​it speaks for itself. He understands that he needs to get help to get to a better place, not just for himself but also for his team,” said Jenkins.

“He definitely accepts the mistakes he made, but only time will tell. We are going to support him and we are going to hold him accountable to make these changes.”

When asked what the team thought of the video, Jenkins said they took it “very seriously”.

Morant looks on during a game against the Denver Nuggets on March 3.

“There are two elements to this that I want to make very clear,” Jenkins said. “There’s an element of support. Someone who has to improve and needs help. And then there’s also the responsibility to the team that we have to defend.

“Obviously nationally – league-wide – there’s a lot of attention paid to gun violence. For us internally on that issue, that’s the position we’ve taken on how which we can support Ja through this growth opportunity. It’s a learning opportunity. I hope we can be better off of it.”

Jenkins reiterated that the team will continue to support Morant throughout the process.

“We love him. We want the best for him. We support him. It’s going to be a tough process, but we’ve got a great group to get through this,” Jenkins added.

Morant, 23, who played in his second All-Star Game last month, is averaging 27.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game this season.

After tonight’s game, Memphis is scheduled to face the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday before returning home to host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

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