NBA Star Ja Morant Sued For Allegedly Assaulting Minor During Pickup Basketball Game At His Tennessee Home

    NBA Star Ja Morant Sued For Allegedly Assaulting Minor During Pickup Basketball Game At His Tennessee Home

    Ja Morant is being sued for reportedly attacking a minor during a basketball game at his Tennessee Home back in July

    The lawsuit, filed in September in Shelby County, has since been sealed, but TMZ Sports reports the NBA star was involved in the assault of a 17-year-old during a basketball game in July at his Tennessee home.

    Teen Accuses NBA Superstar Of Beating Him Up During A Pickup Game, Yet Teen Seemingly Started Fight

    The teen allegedly old cops he was playing in a pickup basketball game with Morant at the house when the two got into a verbal argument.
    The plaintiff claims the argument quickly became heated, which further escalated after he threw a basketball at Morant and “accidentally” hit him in the face.The Grizzlies point guard then approached him and put his chin on his shoulder before asking a bystander “Should I do it to him?” the teenager recalled in court documents. Morant then reportedly struck him “with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground.”

    The 17-year-old went on to say that Morant then “continued sticking him while on the ground,” and that another man eventually jumped in and began striking him as well.

    Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts during the game against the Sacramento Kings at FedExForum on January 01, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

    The teenager had “a large knot” on his head after the assault, officers noted of the victim’s injuries.

    Morant Tells Officers He Acted In Self-Defense Against Teen, Who Threatened To “Light His House Up”

    Cops say Morant admitting to hitting the teenager but insisted it was all in in self-defense.

    The NBA player allegedly said the plaintiff threw the basketball at him “intentionally” amidst the argument, before “approach(ing) him as if he wanted to fight.”

    Morant added that “his brother” was the other man to jump in on in the altercation, but would not name him to police.

    The fight was ultimately broken up by spectators shortly after it began according to TMZ Sports.

    Morant also told officers that the teen had “made verbal threats stating he’d ‘light his house up’” as he was being escorted off the property, the outlet reports.

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    Cops “advised (that) Morand and his family were put in fear by the statement.”

    Investigation Ensued, However District Attorney Ultimately Declined To Prosecute Morant

    A police investigation ensued afterwards for several weeks before the case was formally submitted to the district attorney’s office on Oct.4, however the DA ultimately declined to prosecute Morant.

    Court records show Morant, as well as his childhood friend Davonte Pack, are listed as defendants in the case, but it’s unclear what the plaintiff is seeking in the suit.

    Representatives for Morant did not immediately return requests for comment.
    The 23-year-old point guard has quickly become one of the best players in the NBA after making his first-ever All-Star team last year, and remains a legitimate candidate to win this year’s MVP award.

    Over the summer, The Shade Room reported on some positive news from Morant, who went viral for a heartwarming moment where he gave a waitress a $500 tip.

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