Grizzlies' Morant apologizes for anti-police Instagram post

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) dunks ahead of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn.

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) dunks ahead of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Associated Press

 
 
Posted6/30/2020 7:00 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant posted and deleted an Instagram photo suggesting he'd replace his name with an expletive on his number 12 jersey in a protest against police.

Morant apologized Sunday night, saying the message didn't 'œaccurately convey' what he wanted to share and that he knows 'œthere are good cops '˜12' out there.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'œMy post was intended to focus on bad cops who get away with the murder of unarmed Black men and women and those who continue to harass peaceful BLACK LIVES MATTER protestors," Morant said.

Morant also asked for 'œjustice' in the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers who were performing a no-knock warrant.

Morant's post came as the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and Nike were reportedly working on a deal to allow players to replace their names with social justice statements when the NBA season resumes on July 30.

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