Former Crestwood High School basketball standout Ja Morant had to go out on social media on Sunday to apologize for posting a picture that offended law enforcement officers.
Morant, the Memphis Grizzlies point guard who is the frontrunner for the …
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Morant, the Memphis Grizzlies point guard who is the frontrunner for the NBA Rookie of the Year, had a posted a photoshopped photograph of the back of his jersey that had a profanity where his name would be above his number 12.
The photo was done by some fans when the NBA revealed it was in talks with the Players Association about allowing players that are returning to play in the bubble to replace their last names with social messages following the social unrest from the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
The No. 12 is slang for police. Morant saw the picture and posted it on his social media accounts with the comment "nah fr tho."
There were also multiple reports that Morant wrote in a tweet, "Want dat on my jersey fr."
The tweet and Instagram post have both been deleted.
Morant went on his Twitter account on Sunday to offer an apology.
"I want to first apologize for reposting something that didn't clearly and accurately convey what I wanted to share," Morant said in the post. "My post was intended to focus on the bad cops who get away with the murder of unarmed Black men and women, and those who continue to harass peaceful BLACK LIVES MATTERS protestors.
"I know there are good cops "12" out there. I know some, and a few are family. I am thankful to the cops at Murray State who took care of me and the cops who continue to watch over me with the Grizziles. We NEED good cops to step up and make sure other cops are not abusing their power."
Morant was averaging 17.6 points per game to go along with 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 59 games for Memphis before the season was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 20-year-old will be trying to keep the Grizzlies in the playoffs when the season resumes at the end of July.
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