Ja Morant is the presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year and had a fantastic season for the Memphis Grizzlies after they selected him no. 2 out of Murray State. He found himself in a polarizing social media situation over the weekend over an anti-cop meme that he shared, and later apologized.
As Shams Charania first reported, the NBA and NBPA came to an agreement for players to replace the name on the back of their jerseys with social justice causes when the NBA season resumes in late July. Morant is no. 12. ’12’ is slang for police (in typical internet fashion, there’s disagreement about its specific origins and meaning), and someone made a photoshop of a Morant jersey with “FUCK” written where the last name would be.
Morant shared the meme in his Instagram story:
Ja Morant has a jersey statement in mind. 👀 pic.twitter.com/rkN3iNemLF
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 28, 2020
In a since-deleted tweet, Morant wrote, “want dat on my jersey fr”.
On Sunday night, Morant issued an apology, also requesting justice for Breonna Taylor (expand the tweet to read the full apology):
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) June 29, 2020