Ja Morant’s Cryptic Instagram Posts Spark Concern, Police Welfare Check

Ja Morant was recently suspended from the Grizzlies over a second social media video in which he flashes a gun.

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UPDATED 5/24 12:45 p.m. ET: As first reported by TMZ, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said it sent deputies to do a welfare check at Ja Morant's residence following a series of Instagram Stories updates that sparked concern among fans and commentators on Wednesday.

Per a department spokesperson, Morant is "fine" but he's putting a pause on his social media activity for the time being. This was speculated earlier on Wednesday as being the meaning of Morant's posts, which included one in which he said, simply, "bye."

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Fans and commentators alike have expressed concern over a series of recent, since-deleted Instagram Stories updates from Ja Morant.

While the posts in question didn’t last long on Morant’s feed, screenshots were being widely circulated in the early hours of Wednesday. As regional Memphis outlet WREG reports, the suspended Grizzlies player shared photos of his family, ending the series of updates with a cryptic message that read, simply, “bye.”

Hope everything is okay with Ja Morant 🙏

(h/t @donnymonarch ) pic.twitter.com/iNjrKPWWaT

— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) May 24, 2023

We got MUCH LOVE for you @JaMorant!!! Everything will be ok! pic.twitter.com/qE3qQTQ2AN

— Doc Holliday (@The_DocHolliday) May 24, 2023

“Ja Morant needs to take this time for himself. Think about what he wants his NBA career to be and how he wants to be remembered.”@ShannonSharpe reacts to Ja Morant’s latest cryptic Instagram story pic.twitter.com/l14ttcGTd4

— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) May 24, 2023

Hope Ja Morant is okay. No matter how you feel about him you still want to hope he’s in a good state of mind right now


— 𝙋𝙃𝙄𝙇  (@NotFromPhxlly) May 24, 2023

Sending love to Ja Morant and anyone else who needs it right now.💙

— Jade 🐻🐯 🌸💙 (@BJadeR) May 24, 2023

I hope Ja Morant is okay 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/L5x9drC5fS

— Hoops ON Tap (@SONTHoops) May 24, 2023

As previously reported, Morant released a statement to ESPN earlier this month saying he was taking “full accountability” for his actions following a suspension over a social media video in which he was seen flashing a firearm.

“I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me," he said at the time. "This is a journey and I recognize there is more work to do. My words may not mean much right now, but I take full accountability for my actions. I’m committed to continuing to work on myself.”

In March, Morant was suspended for eight games without pay for a separate incident in which, per the NBA, he was seen “holding a firearm in an intoxicated state.”

As for the conversaton surrounding his recent IG updates, Morant had not further commented at the time of this writing. As noted by several fans amid the ensuing discourse, however, it's quite possible Morant is initiating a break from social media in light of his latest controversy.

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