Stephen A. Smith, Jalen Rose, and Charleston White All Weigh-In On Ja Morant Being Suspended For IG Video [Watch]

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The NBA has seen its fair share of controversies over the years, but the recent suspension of Ja Morant has caused a stir among fans and analysts alike. Morant, the star point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, was suspended for two games by the league after he allegedly flashed a gun on Instagram live while at a club. The incident has sparked a heated debate, with sports analysts Stephen A. Smith, Charleston White, and Jalen Rose weighing in on the matter.

Stephen A. Smith, the outspoken host of ESPN’s “First Take, ” shared,

I covered Allen Iverson for the first 10 years of his career. He took a lot of hits for the company he kept. Ja Morant’s fault is his own, and I’m proud of him for owning it. But he needs to get it together.”

He added, “And to Tee Morant…nothing but love, but you are his DADDY, not his friend. You can be his friend, but you are also his father.”

Charleston White, a controversial social media personality known for his controversial opinions, took a different approach in his commentary on the matter. In a recent video posted to his YouTube channel, White defended Morant, arguing that the NBA should not have suspended him for the incident. White claimed that Morant was simply exercising his right to bear arms and that the league was overreacting to a harmless act.

“I’m telling you boys and girls stay out of that s*** comeback to the side where we call the police on them n***s, said White.

Jalen Rose, a former NBA player turned sports analyst, also weighed in on the controversy, but took a more nuanced approach.

“I am Ja Morant. You guys have gotten a chance to see me grow up for public consumption since 1991,” Rose said. “I’ve been involved in drug raids. I’ve survived assassination attempts. I’ve been that undisciplined young person that was trying to figure out how to be famous, how to be successful and how to change the dynamics of my family.

“The one thing that young people have to understand, and in Ja Morant’s case, when you first get drafted, you go from being a member of the family, a member of the crew to being the leader, to being the breadwinner.”

The suspension of Ja Morant has brought to light important issues surrounding the behavior of athletes off the court. While opinions on the matter may vary, it is clear that all parties involved agree on one thing: that the actions of high-profile athletes can have a significant impact on the public’s perception of the league. As such, it is essential that athletes take their responsibilities seriously and act accordingly, both on and off the court.

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Written by Byron Nelson

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