Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant took the stand on Tuesday, December 12th, in a lawsuit filed by a teenager who alleges Morant punched him during a pickup basketball game in July 2022. The incident, which occurred at Morant’s home in Eads, Tennessee, led to a fractured jaw for the teenager and a civil lawsuit seeking damages.
During his testimony, Morant admitted to being involved in a physical altercation with the teenager but denied punching him. He claimed that the teenager bumped him and became aggressive, leading to a scuffle where he pushed the teenager away in self-defense. The defense presented video footage of the incident that appeared blurry and inconclusive.
The teenager, identified in court documents as Andre Turner, provided his own account of the events. He claimed that Morant approached him during the game and began taunting him, calling him “weak” and “trash.” Turner said he ignored Morant’s taunts, but Morant became increasingly agitated and eventually punched him in the face without provocation.
Morant’s attorney argued that the teenager’s testimony was inconsistent and lacked credibility. They pointed to discrepancies between Turner’s initial statement to police and his testimony in court. The defense also questioned Turner’s motives for filing the lawsuit, suggesting that he was seeking financial gain.
The judge presiding over the case is expected to issue a ruling in the coming weeks. If the court finds in favor of the teenager, Morant could be liable for damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
This incident has raised questions about Morant’s character and leadership qualities. He has been praised for his talent and athleticism, but his off-court behavior has drawn criticism. This lawsuit, along with other incidents, has led some to question whether Morant is a role model for young fans.
The Grizzlies organization has not yet commented on the lawsuit or Morant’s testimony. However, this situation is likely to continue to be closely monitored by fans and media alike as the legal proceedings unfold.