Morant slapped with 8-game ban

NEW YORK (AFP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant was suspended eight games without pay by the National Basketball Association on Wednesday after streaming a video of himself holding a gun while intoxicated at a nightclub.

Morant, speaking to ESPN after his ban was announced, said he feels “mentally good” and added, “I feel like I deserve that punishment for my mistakes and what I did.”

Morant, banned for “conduct detrimental to the league,” missed his sixth game on Wednesday after undergoing counseling and therapy and while he will be eligible to return on Monday when Memphis plays Dallas, Morant said he will need more time to get physically ready to return to the NBA.

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