Former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson revealed an interesting group Monday that he’s not happy with the way Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has handled himself over the past two months.
Morant was suspended from all team activities after he displayed a weapon on a live broadcast. It was the second weapons-related incident for the star guard, who was suspended eight games in March for a similar incident.
Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appeared on ESPN’s «Keyshawn, J-Will and Max» and said a gang member in Los Angeles wasn’t too happy with Morant.
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«A notable gang member of a certain very powerful gang here in Los Angeles didn’t like the fact that Ja was doing those things in some of his games, as well as portraying himself, to some degree, as some kind of street gangster from hip hop». growing up in the hood when he hasn’t,» Johnson said via Barrett Sports Media.
«That’s the kind of thing that worries me because you’re lining up in a position that you know absolutely nothing about, zero. That’s where I look at the team and the league and I can say, ‘You’ve got to get him the necessary help that he needs. , serious help.
Johnson added in a separate comment that «people on the street are a bit upset by his behavior because they would die to be in his shoes.»
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Morant has been in the spotlight since the beginning of the year.
The Indiana Pacers claimed that after an altercation between Morant’s associates and the Pacers in January, a red laser was pointed at the team from an SUV carrying Morant, which the Pacers believed was a weapon. The NBA investigated the incident and found that no «individual threatened others with a weapon.»
In March, a police report said Morant allegedly exposed a weapon after beating a teenager last summer.
In the Washington Post report, Morant allegedly hit the teen over the head «12 to 13 times» in a casual basketball game at Morant’s home. According to the report, Morant entered his home after the altercation and came out with a gun at his waist and his hand on the gun.
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Morant has not commented on the latest suspension. He acknowledged last month that his actions may have caused some distractions with his teammates.
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.