Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) gestures after a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Washington, The Grizzlies won 106-99. (AP Photo / Nick Wass)
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Ja Morant, rookie guard of Memphis Grizzlies, tweeted and deleted an Instagram post suggesting that his name be replaced by a saying on his number 12 shirt to protest the police.
The post has since been deleted and Morant apologized on Sunday evening. He said the message didn't convey exactly what he wanted to share, and he knew there were good cops out there.
"My contribution should focus on bad police officers who get away with the murder of unarmed black men and women and those who continue to harass peaceful demonstrators of BLACK LIVES MATTER," said Morant.
Morant also asked for "justice" in the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was shot by Louisville Subway police officers who carried out a warrant without a knock.
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 resumed on July 30 becomes.
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