Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant finds himself in hot water once again, following another incident involving a firearm. This time, Morant was seen on an Instagram Live session, brandishing a handgun as he sang along to a rap song while driving. This latest episode comes not long after the NBA suspended the young star for a similar incident in which he was intoxicated at a Denver club, gun in hand.
The Memphis Grizzlies have responded by suspending Morant from all team activities as the league reviews the incident. It's not the first time Morant has found himself in this position - earlier this year, he was suspended for eight games following the Denver incident, which cost him over $600,000 in salary.
Morant has previously pledged to be more responsible and avoid making bad decisions, but these recent events call into question whether he has truly learned from his past mistakes. This series of incidents could potentially have significant consequences for his career. He is already set to lose $39 million in future earnings after failing to make the All-NBA team, and his endorsement deals are also at risk.
The recent suspension has not only shocked the NBA community but has also stirred up the betting market. Newly released odds from BetOnline project the length of Morant's suspension next season at about 24.5 games. If you believe that the league will come down hard on Morant, over 24.5 games is priced at -130. On the other hand, if you're of the opinion that the NBA will be more lenient, under 24.5 games is listed at -110. As always, this situation provides a unique wagering opportunity for those with a strong opinion on the matter.
Length of Ja Morant's suspension?
Over 24.5 games -130
Under 24.5 games -110
Whether or not the NBA will use Morant's case as a deterrent for other players remains to be seen. What's clear is that the young guard needs to change his off-court behavior if he hopes to fully realize his potential and maintain his lucrative career in the NBA.