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Memphis Grizzlies Guard Ja Morant Steps Away From Team

The Memphis Grizzlies said Saturday that their star guard Ja Morant would be away from the team for at least two games, just hours after the N.B.A. said it would investigate a social media post that appeared to show Morant holding a gun.

The Grizzlies did not immediately respond to questions about the social media post, the reason for Morant’s absence and whether he had been suspended. Several people posted video clips on social media on Saturday that appeared to show Morant in a live video on his Instagram account holding a gun and smiling in a nightclub. No live videos matching the clips circulating on social media were on Morant’s verified Instagram account mid-Saturday morning. By the afternoon, Morant’s Instagram and Twitter accounts had been deactivated.

In a statement, Morant, 23, said he took “full responsibility for my actions last night,” without being specific about what he was referring to, and he apologized for letting people down.

“I’m going to take some time away to get help and work on learning better methods of dealing with stress and my overall well-being,” Morant said in the statement, which was posted on Twitter by Tandem, the agency that represents him.

Morant is a rising star in the N.B.A. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2020 and has been named an All-Star the past two seasons.

This is a breaking story and will update.

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