Jokes about Ja Morant have flooded social media after he was accused of punching a teenager multiple times during a pickup game.
The Memphis Grizzlies’ guard, who recently started the NBA All-Star game, is said to have been suspended from the league following the allegations, but that has proved unfounded and the internet has seen plenty of memes about the basketball star.
The Washington Post revealed that a 17-year-old Shelby County Sheriff’s Department detective had told Morant that Morant had him “12 to 13 times” and that his boyfriend had hit him “four to five times” more.
The teenager also claimed that after the fight, which he said happened after he accidentally threw a basketball in Morant’s face, the NBA star reappeared with a gun clearly visible in his waistband and that he his had his hand on his gun.
The 23-year-old basketball star was sued by the teenager last September, with details of the police documents revealed earlier this week.
Morant has claimed the scuffle was in self-defense, and while playing the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, he celebrated teammate Desmond Bane’s three-pointer in front of the Memphis bench by pretending to shoot a gun with his hand.
While Morant sees the funny side of the serious altercation, he has also been the subject of many jokes on social media, with tweets circulating about how he would celebrate various incidents, the main of which revolve around him hitting a minor.
a clip was posted with the caption “Yes Morant and his boys after they threatened a minimum wage HS junior cashier” and has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 4 million views.
Other Meme shared on Twitter sees a grown man arguing with a toddler after he disagrees with the way the boy is looking at him. The tweet is captioned “Yes Morant every time he’s near a minor” and has garnered more than 1.2 million views.
Former NFL star Shannon Sharpe was among those who spoke out about Morant and urged him to “move differently” in the future after details of the incident were released.
Appears on his sports show, UndisputedAlongside Skip Bayless, Sharpe said Morant’s actions showed he is “rushing backwards” and that he needs to be more aware of his newfound status in the NBA.
Sharpe said on the show, “I’ve said it before, yes, you have to move differently. You are now in a different stratosphere. I just think he needs to behave as a person who is in the same stratosphere.
“He shows he’s like something he’s not… He’s rushing backwards… Yeah, just move differently, bruh…”
Sharpe continued, “I would never give you advice on how to play basketball, but I would try to give you some advice on how to move.
“Let someone else’s lesson be your lesson… Yes, there are a lot of lessons you can learn without having to learn the same lesson through your own hardship, that’s all I would say to him.”
Following The Washington Post Rumors reportedly circulated on social media that Morant had been suspended from the NBA.
This emerged from a hoax video posted by Twitter parody account Buttcrack Sports. It shared a clip of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that had been dubbed. It appeared that Silver said he had “decided to indefinitely suspend Ja Morant from the NBA.”
These claims are false, and Morant has not been suspended from the basketball pro league.
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