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While Memphis Grizzlies fans and the NBA world are waiting to see what sort of suspension Ja Morant is handed for his latest gun-waving stunt, Stephen A. Smith says some in the NBA community are worried about a much bigger concern involving the superstar.
Smith recently joined ‘The Rich Eisen Show’ and dropped a bit of a bombshell in explaining that some folks he’s talked to involved with the league are worried about whether or not Morant will be alive in the next five years.
“In terms of Ja Morant’s behavior off the court, some of the things he finds himself engaged in, with the company that he keeps, with the establishments that he visits, things of that nature. Obviously, he feels compelled, pretty much all the time, to have a gun around him,” Smith told Eisen.
“A lot of players I know are from the streets, period. And I can tell you that people within the NBA community are not just concerned about Ja Morant playing basketball. They’re concerned about whether or not he’s gonna be alive in five years.”
Morant Suspension Decision Coming After NBA Finals
This alleged concern Smith is tossing around comes after Morant went on Instagram with a gun not once, but twice, in a less than three-month stretch.
Morant has reportedly been involved with a number of other off-the-court issues over the last year or so, including his crew having a run-in with the Indiana Pacers and a shoe salesman at a Memphis mall.
The 23-year-old was suspended eight games following his first Instagram Live stream featuring a gun back in March. Morant was suspended by the Memphis Grizzlies immediately after his most-recent gun video.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that the league will be announcing Morant’s suspension, which could be for the first half of next season at least, following the conclusion of the NBA Finals.