Ja Morant escapes charge, out of team for four games

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Ja Morant will not be charged by the Colorado Police as it is stated that there isn’t enough evidence, but the point guard will be sidelined for four games by Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant will not be charged after it appeared  from his Instagram Live video  to be displaying a handgun at a nightclub, the Glendale, Colorado, Police Department announced Wednesday afternoon.

Following the incident the Grizzlies announced that Morant will be away from the team for at least four more games.

In Glendale police news release on Wednesday, it stated that they have conducted an investigation after being alerted to the video streamed on Morant’s Instagram channel.

It was stated that the incident took place at a strip club called Shotgun Willie’s early Saturday, hours after Memphis’ loss to the Denver Nuggets, but that there “was not enough available evidence to charge anyone with a crime.”

“GPD was not able to determine that probable cause existed for the filing of any charges,” the news release stated, in part. “In this case, it should be noted that on the night in question the GPD did not receive any calls for service at the nightclub regarding a weapon of any type. Subsequently, no disturbances were reported, and no citizens or patrons of the club came forward to make a complaint. The investigation also concluded that no one was threatened or menaced with the firearm and in fact no firearm was ever located.”

NBA rules prohibit a player from possessing a firearm while on team property or traveling on team business.

Colorado is an open-carry state, although there are exceptions to the law, including the carrying of a firearm on federal property. It is illegal in Colorado to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

In the video livestreamed by Morant, it is not clear whether he is intoxicated but others are shown drinking.


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