Cam’ron has claimed NBA All-Star Ja Morant has succumbed to what he calls “Gary Coleman Syndrome” to explain his recent gun and assault controversies.
On the latest episode of his sports talk show It Is What It Is, Cam and special guest Ma$e reflected on the trouble the Memphis Grizzlies guard has landed himself in over the last few months.
Morant had been conducting himself with behavior detrimental to the team such as allegedly beating up a teenager and members of his crew threatening people involved with the Indiana Pacers.
Things finally spilled over earlier this month when Morant was seen on Instagram Live flashing a gun at a strip club. Since then, he’s been given an eight-game suspension and checked himself into a rehabilitation center in Florida.
Several outlets reported the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year has begun a “healing process,” but Cam and Ma$e struggled to understand what the basketball star needs to heal from.
“The fuck is a healing process?!” Cam asked as Ma$e laughed. “See, you know what happens on some G shit, and I’m not being funny or none of this shit because they’ll say we insensitive because we grew up in another era.
“N-ggas gotta stop playing with this mental health shit, for real. When n-ggas get in trouble and n-ggas ain’t doing shit right, n-ggas is running to that. ‘You know what? I bugged out and my brain ain’t working right.’”
Ma$e chimed in and said employers aren’t supposed to be giving large amounts of money to people who suffer from mental health issues. He also believed Morant’s goal is get out of the league to “make it in the hood” — a reversal of the path often pursued by young men in America.
Cam’ron then attributed that mindset to something he calls the “Gary Coleman Syndrome,” referencing the late Diff’rent Strokes actor. According to Killa Cam, it’s a term to describe people who receive a ton of money at a young age but don’t know how to act.
“I call it the ‘Gary Coleman Syndrome,’” Cam explained. “He never played sports, but I call it the Gary Coleman Syndrome. It’s when you get money at a young age, and you got more money than the n-ggas around you, so when the older n-ggas around you got some knowledge, you don’t wanna hear that. You only listen to the n-ggas that be like, ‘Word, you doing the right thing.’
“Ja Morant has more money than everybody in his circle, and a lot of n-ggas is probably being yes men. And the ones who probably telling him the right thing may be like, ‘You get the fuck out of here, you’re spoiling the fun.’ Because I really love him as a player, but I just don’t understand … You don’t get a $230 million deal to throw up gang signs and brandish guns in the club.”
In an interview with former NBA player Jalen Rose on ESPN on Wednesday (March 15), Morant said the gun in his IG Live wasn’t his, and that he made a “terrible mistake” by broadcasting it online. He also apologized to his team, his family and the NBA.
“It’s not who I am,” Morant said. “I don’t condone any type of violence, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I made a bad mistake, and I can see that image I painted over myself with my recent mistakes. But in the future, I’ll make sure everybody knows who Ja really is, and what I’m about and change this narrative.”
According to ESPN, Morant’s eight-game suspension includes the five games he had already missed since the incident and Memphis’ games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. He will be eligible to play Monday (March 20) in a home game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Cam’ron has been making the most of his new sports talk show platform of late. Last week, Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons once again felt the wrath of the Dipset member, who not-so-politely told him to “get the fuck out of New York.”
Killa Cam had to pay a bet he lost to Ma$e that Simmons would average 10 points a game this season. The 26-year-old is currently averaging 6.9 points, and with only a few more weeks left in the season and a back injury keeping him out of action, it’s unlikely he’ll push his scoring average to double digits.
“Ben Simmons, at this point, you costing me money. I don’t know where you gonna go, but get the fuck out of New York,” the Come Home With Me rapper said. “Personally, we don’t really want you around. You’re a disgrace.
“Philly, y’all are suckas for shipping him over to us. Y’all can take him. Personally, you fucked your whole stock up. I don’t know anybody that want you, but you can leave New York. You costing me money.”