Boosie Badazz has blasted Skip Bayless for insinuating that Ja Morant might be associated with the Crips following his leave of absence from the Memphis Grizzlies.
“STOP @RealSkipBayless Don’t build the narrative that he’s a real gang member SMH HE NOT NO CRIP HE A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER who made a mistake,” Boosie pleaded with the outspoken sports personality in a tweet on Monday (March 6).
STOP @RealSkipBayless Don’t build the narrative that he’s a real gang member SMH HE NOT NO CRIP‼️HE A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER who made a mistake‼️
— Boosie BadAzz (@BOOSIEOFFICIAL) March 7, 2023
Bayless made the controversial suggestion about Morant’s gang ties during Monday’s episode of UNDISPUTED on FS1.
“They’re asking me, ‘Are you sure he’s not that?’ Like, that’s just who he is, that he is about that life.’ And remember, he’s thrown up the Crips sign, I’ve seen him throw it up two or three times, I’ve probably missed some other times,” Skip said.
“What does that mean? Does that mean he wants to associate with the Crips? Or he got initiated by the Crips? Or he has a dream of being a Crip? I don’t know. I’m just throwing this out.
“Are we missing the boat here that that’s just who he’s been from the start? And we keep saying, ‘No, you’re just associated with the wrong people,’ when he’s actually part of the wrong people.”
The 23-year-old Grizzlies All-Star was seen flashing a weapon on his Instagram Live early Saturday (March 4) reportedly at a strip club in Colorado following the team’s loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Morant was suspended by the Grizzlies for two games for his actions, but head coach Taylor Jenkins confirmed his absence is “indefinite” and could be much longer.
4kt Ja in the Skrip club wit the blicky. pic.twitter.com/mFEOvZ5MVY
— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) March 4, 2023
“I take full responsibility for my actions last night,” Morant said in a statement. “I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you 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 is reportedly under investigation by Colorado police, who are trying to determine whether he broke any laws by flashing a gun at the nightclub.
It’s far from the first instance of erratic behavior from Morant of late. Earlier this year, he was accused of repeatedly punching a 17-year-old during a pick-up basketball game at his Memphis residence last July.
Morant also allegedly threatened the head of security at a Memphis mall when his mother got into a disagreement with a Finish Line store employee.