Grizzlies' Ja Morant apologizes for explicit message about policeSporting News — (Jordan Heck)
Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant apologized Sunday night for a pair of social media posts he sent earlier in the day regarding police.
Morant reposted an image on Instagram Stories that showed him wearing a message that states "F— 12." The last name featured the curse word while his jersey number of 12 remained the same. The phrase is used as a way of saying "f— the police."
Morant reposted the image as a response to the NBA possibly allowing players to wear social justice messages on jerseys. Morant wrote on the IG post "nah [for real though]" and then added on Twitter, "want [that] on my jersey [for real]." Both posts were deleted.
Several hours later, Morant apologized for his posts saying they "didn't clearly and accurately convey what I wanted to share."
The NBA has not made an official stance on whether players will be able to wear the names of others this season. NBPA president Chris Paul told ESPN the players' union and the league were collaborating to allow players to wear "jerseys with personalized social justice, social cause or charity messages on the backs instead of their last names during the upcoming restart of the NBA season."
The WNBA's Angel McCoughtry was advocating for the same.
The NBA season restart is scheduled for July 30.