Ja Morant, the young and talented basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies, has found himself at the center of controversy once again. The 23-year-old point guard, who was the second pick in the 2019 NBA draft, is currently the ninth leading scorer in the league with an average of 27.1 points per game and has a five-year contract worth $231,000,000.
Party in the VIP Room: The Latest Controversy for Ja Morant
According to the New York Post, Morant was recently seen partying in a strip club in Denver, where he was given a lap dance by a dancer in the VIP section. The room was covered in bills and one club insider claimed that Morant gave the strippers about 50,000 dollars for that night.
The majority owner of the club, Shotgun Willie’s, confirmed that Morant was a repeat customer on March 2 and 4 and described him as "exceptionally respectful and sweet." “This kid, real young, was exceptionally respectful, and sweet and he did not drink [on his second visit],” Dunafon, 72, said. “We’ve had [Denver] Nuggets and Broncos … come in and pitch quarters at the girls, be disrespectful and nasty.
He’s marvelous”. However, the club insider also claimed that Morant pulled a "white boy excuse card" and "absolutely terrified" the Shotgun girls in the backroom with a firearm. The NBA is currently investigating the situation and could potentially hit Morant with a lengthy suspension if it finds that he was carrying a firearm on team premises.
Investigation Ongoing: NBA Spokesperson Speaks Out
"Our investigation is ongoing," said NBA spokesperson Mike Bass.
The NBA has yet to make a statement on the situation, but it is likely that the league will take action if it finds that Morant was indeed carrying a weapon. This is not the first time that Morant has been in the media headlines.
He was previously involved in a scandal after beating a teenager and carrying a weapon in a nightclub. The young basketball star has a long road ahead of him to regain the public's trust and repair his image, but only time will tell how this latest controversy will affect his career.