Memphis Grizzlies' star player Ja Morant has found himself in hot water after a series of incidents involving firearms. Over the past two months, Morant has been involved in three incidents of carrying and displaying a gun, with the most recent taking place at a Denver nightclub, which he broadcasted live on Instagram.
Suspension and Psychological Counseling
In response to Morant's actions, the Memphis Grizzlies immediately suspended him and sent him for psychological counseling in Florida. This reckless behavior will also result in a forfeiture of $39 million from his contract.
Before the start of this season, Morant signed a five-year contract worth $194 million, with the potential to grow to $233 million if he is selected in the top five of the NBA. Despite his impressive performance this season, scoring 27.1 points, 6 rebounds, and 8.2 assists in 53 games played, it is now highly unlikely that Morant will be selected for the top five, resulting in the loss of an additional $39 million.
With news that Ja Morant has entered counseling in Florida, it's hard to imagine him making All-NBA, which I think would have been likely without these incidents. Not making All-NBA would cost him about $39 million, reducing his contract from a projected 5/$233m to 5/$194m — Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) March 14, 2023
Music's Negative Influence on Younger Generation
Pat Beverley, during an interview on Outkick, shared his thoughts on Morant's situation and the impact of music on the younger generation.
Beverley believes that the current rap culture, where artists constantly display guns and act like thugs, greatly influences Morant and many others in the younger generation. Beverley stated, "Lost his mind...Parenting, parenting.
I think music has a lot to do with this now, especially with this culture. Everyone holding a gun in the video is okay, bling on your teeth is okay, pants half down your ass, that's okay. That's like okay now." He continued, "It's just a product of what we listen to.
The culture now is 'shoot them up, bang, bang, shoot them up, bend you over, I got this amount of money, I'm on private jets, that that that.' That's what the younger generation is. Sadly, it shouldn't be based on our music, but it is mostly based on what we listen to, and that's how it is." Ja Morant's actions have resulted in significant financial losses and have brought attention to the negative influence of music on the younger generation. The importance of responsible behavior and positive influences on the younger generation cannot be overstated.