Ja Morant appears to flash a GUN on his Instagram Live video while posing topless in a strip club… just days after police report revealed $12m-a-year NBA star ‘flashed weapon at a 17-year-old after punching him 12 to 13 times’
NBA star Ja Morant has posted a shocking Instagram Live video in which he appears to flash a gun while posing topless in a strip club in the early hours of the morning.
Morant, 23, has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past week, after a police report revealed he ‘flashed a gun at a 17-year-old after punching him 12 to 13 times at his Tennessee mansion’ last summer.
The Memphis Grizzlies player – who is also a two-time All-Star and one of the best players in the NBA – then followed that news up by performing a gun celebration on the court hours later, and has now courted controversy once more.
In the Instagram clip, which was widely shared on Twitter immediately after it went out on his page, Morant is dancing topless in a strip club, before appearing to lifting a gun up to the side of his head.
In the background of the video, topless women can be seen dancing, while Morant laughs with his friends.
Ja Morant appeared to hold up a gun in an Instagram Live video in the early hours of Saturday
Grizzlies’ Morant was seen pretending to shoot a gun in celebration during a game this week
The tasteless clip is just the latest in a series of gun-related controversies involving the young NBA star, who earns $12,119,000 a year.
New details from police interviews obtained by The Washington Post reveal that the 17-year-old told detectives from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office that the point guard hit him ’12 to 13 times,’ adding that Morant’s friend struck him an additional ‘four to five times.’
The teenager claimed that as he got up to leave after the fight Morant went into his house and re-emerged with a gun.
Morant allegedly had the weapon visible in the waistband of his pants and had his hand on the gun.
The 17-year-old plaintiff claimed he was playing pickup basketball with Morant when the two got into an argument, which quickly escalated. He admits to throwing a basketball at Morant and ‘accidentally’ hitting the 6-foot-2 guard in the face.
Morant and his friend allegedly responded by striking the 17-year-old ‘with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground’ and leaving him with a ‘large knot’ on the side of his head, according to a police report written by deputies who said they observed the boy’s injuries.
Morant ‘continued sticking him while on the ground’ as another person joined in to strike the teenager, who compared the hits to ‘an MMA bout.’
Morant is said to have admitted striking the 17-year-old, but told police he did so in self defense. According to the former Murray State star, the plaintiff also ‘made verbal threats’ and said he was going to ‘light [Morant’s] house up.’
Morant said ‘he and his family were put in fear by the statement.’
In a baffling incident just days after the report was released, Morant courted yet more controversy – this time at an NBA game – when he performed a gun celebration after watching a teammate shoot a three-pointer.