Police performed a welfare check on Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant on Wednesday after he posted a cryptic “bye” message on Instagram, TMZ Sports reported
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Morant told officers from the Shelby County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office who responded to his home that the post meant “that he is taking a break from social media.”
“He is fine,” a sheriff’s office spokesman told TMZ Sports.
Morant, 23, recently was suspended by the Grizzlies after a second video this year surfaced of him brandishing a gun
In his Instagram story on Wednesday, Morant posted a series of messages with images of his family members: “Love ya ma. Love ya pa. You da greatest baby girl … love ya. Bye.”
The posts later were deleted.
Morant averaged 26.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 8.1 assists in 61 games (59 starts) in the 2022-23 season. Memphis was eliminated in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Morant has a franchise-record, five-year $193 million contract extension that will begin with the 2023-24 season. Because he did not make an All-NBA team this year, he did not qualify for a supermax contract worth $231 million.
–Field Level Media