Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant shared a series of cryptic messages with his family on social media 11 days after his latest gun controversy.
The since-deleted messages were shared with his 9.6 million Instagram followers and addressed to his sister, mother, father and daughter before a final message said “goodbye”.
The posts come 11 days after the 23-year-old was caught brandishing a gun on Instagram Live for the second time.
The first post in her Instagram Story on Wednesday morning was to her sister Teniya, who also plays basketball and recently got involved in Mississippi Valley State.
Morant shared a photo of Teniya, 18, from when he announced his engagement with the Devilettes, writing above, ‘Congratulations little girl. live yours,” with a blue heart emoji.
Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant shared a series of cryptic messages with his family on social media 11 days after his latest gun controversy
Morant was filmed waving a gun (left) two months after filming himself doing the same at a Denver strip club (right)
He then shared a message for his mother, Jamie, telling her he loved her alongside a photo of her watching him walk onto the pitch from the stands.
He had a similar message for his “pops” tee, which played college basketball for Claflin University, adding a photo of the pair kissing on the following post.
“You are the greatest babygirl, I love you,” the following message read, with Morant speaking to his daughter Kaari Jaidyn Morant, 3, who he shares with ex-girlfriend KK Dixon.
The last photo was of himself being interviewed, on which he wrote the word “goodbye”.
All posts have since been deleted.
Morant was suspended “from all team activity” by the Grizzlies earlier this month after he was seen wielding a gun on Instagram for the second time in two months.
He was seen on Instagram Live in the driver’s seat of a car holding a gun on Sunday.
The clip came just two months after he was seen at a Denver strip club holding a gun in an Instagram video that sparked a police and league investigation.
The first post was to his sister Teniya (L) as he also shared one for his daughter (R)
In two separate messages, he told his mum and dad he loved them
In the latest clip, Morant was seen on Instagram Live in the driver’s seat of a car holding a gun while singing rapper YoungBoy NBA’s song “1.5.”
After revealing the gun, the person recording the video immediately turned the camera away from Morant for the rest of the clip that surfaced.
Morant acknowledged he disappointed a lot of people, like teammates, fans and the league, with the latest incident and insisted he still had work to do. However, he did not apologize.
The leader’s statement, shared by Adrian Wojnarowski, read: ‘I know I disappointed a lot of people who supported me. It is a journey and I recognize that there is still work to be done. My words may not mean much right now, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I promise to keep working on myself.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the league said: “We are aware of the social media post involving Ja Morant and are gathering more information.”
Morant’s incident in March showed him dancing topless in a strip club before raising a gun to the side of his head.
Hours after the incident, it was reported that he was being investigated by the NBA and that Morant had been banned for “at least two games” by the Grizzlies while the investigation continued.
Morant then released a statement taking responsibility for his actions and explaining that he would be taking time off the game to work on his well-being.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver admitted he was “shocked” by the latest incident
An investigation by police in Glendale, Colorado resulted in no criminal charges and found no wrongdoing.
However, as Morant was taking time off for his well-being, which included a brief stint at a treatment center in Florida, he met with Silver where he was told he would be suspended for eight games – including the time that he had already purged.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver revealed last week that he also discussed with him the seriousness of Morant’s actions and felt the point guard understood the seriousness.
However, after the latest incident, it appears Morant hasn’t learned the lesson of the encounter with the commissioner and Silver admitted he was “shocked” when the clip surfaced on Sunday.
“Honestly, I was shocked when I saw this weekend – this video,” he told ESPN ahead of Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery.
“Now we are investigating. We’ll find out exactly what happened as best we can. Again, the video is grainy and all that, but I guess the worst.
The scandal is just the latest in a series of controversies that have followed Morant throughout the season – something he has recently admitted to being a distraction for the team.
After the Grizzlies were knocked out of the playoffs by the Lakers, Morant said, “I just have to be better at my decision making. That is just about everything. The issues off the pitch affected us a lot as an organization. Just [need] more rigor.’
Morant has had several alleged violent incidents this season, including a fight with a teenager
This alleged incident last summer took place at Morant’s mansion outside Memphis (pictured)
Morant was sued in September for allegedly punching Tennessee teenager Josh Holloway in the face during a pickup game, but the NBA star claims he was acting in self-defense.
Recently, Morant filed a countersuit against Holloway saying he lied to the police and the youngster was the aggressor in the situation.
Morant was also involved in a separate incident at a Memphis mall last summer, after the Washington Post reported that the security chief told police that Morant had ‘threatened’ him during a altercation in the parking lot.
Morant’s mother reportedly had an argument with a mall shoe store employee and she called her son who arrived shortly after with a group of “up to nine people”.
According to the police report, Morant and his friends refused to leave the parking lot when confronted by the mall’s security manager.
Police arrived and a “verbal confrontation” allegedly escalated before someone in Morant’s entourage pushed the security chief to the head, the report added.
“As the group left the scene…Ja Morant said, ‘Let me know what time he is coming down,'” police wrote.
Morant acknowledged the controversies as a distraction for the team (pictured with Memphis Grizzlies teammate Dillon Brooks, left)
Also, there was an alleged incident after the Grizzlies’ game with the Pacers on Jan. 29, when acquaintances of Morant “aggressively clashed” with members of the Indiana roving band – and someone allegedly pointed. a red laser on them.
Athleticism said that Morant was riding with his friend Davonte Pack and another 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 a nearby Indiana security guard claimed “it’s 100% gun”. However, it has not been confirmed if the laser was attached to a weapon.
The league has opened an investigation into the allegation but has concluded that it “does not substantiate that an individual threatened others with a weapon,” an NBA spokesperson said.