Ja Morant’s attorneys this week filed a motion to dismiss a pending civil suit against the Memphis Grizzlies observatory, according to The Commercial Appeal. The suit stems from an altercation between Morant and a teenager last year that took place during a pickup basketball game at the player’s home. Morant’s lawyers claim their client acted in self-defense when he punched Josh Holloway, who was 17 at the time.
Morant acted in self-defense at the time [Holloway] deliberately hit him in the face with a basketball at the Morant family home last July,” the motion to dismiss read. He therefore enjoys civil immunity under the [Self-Defense Immunity] Statute.”
The motion, filed Monday, requires a hearing within 40 days of filing and that all other aspects of the civil case be stayed, according to Morant’s attorneys.
Ja’s father, Tee Morant, who was present during the altercation, gave testimony in the case. Tee said he encouraged Holloway to play aggressively against Ja.
“I told Josh to go to Yes… pretend he’s not an NBA player as far as confidence goes,” Morant said. “You go to Oak Hill. So once you get there, if you can compete against Ja at this level — once you get there, it should be easier.”
Tee Morant also testified that he heard Holloway threatening to shoot at Morant’s house. For now, the case is still pending.
In addition to this lawsuit, Morant has also been dealing with some other extrajudicial issues lately. He will beof the 2023-24 NBA season due to his second incident of him holding a gun in a social media video. Shortly after the league announced his punishment, Morant released a statement apologizing for his actions and promising to get better.
“I’ve had time to think and I realize how much pain I’ve caused,” Morant said in the statement. “I want to apologize to the NBA, the Grizzlies, my teammates and the city of Memphis. To Adam Silver, Zach Kleiman and Robert Pera – who gave me the opportunity to be a professional athlete and supported me – I I’m sorry for the harm I’ve done. To the kids who look up to me, I’m sorry I’ve failed you as a role model. I promise I’ll get better. To all my sponsors, I’m going to be a … to be a better representation of our brands And to all my fans, I’m going to make it up to you, I promise.
“I’m going through the off-season and my suspension continues to work on my own mental health and decision-making. I’m also going to train so I’m ready to go when I can get back on the field. I know my teammates will stifle it and I’m sorry so that I won’t be there with you at the beginning of the season. I hope you give me the chance to prove to you over time that I’m a better man than what I’ve shown you.”