Ja’s Rules

“Ja Morant was suspended by the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday after he appeared to be holding a gun in another social media video that was streamed live on Instagram, the latest in a series of concerning incidents involving the two-time All-Star guard. It’s the second time in less than three months that Morant was seen on Instagram holding what appeared to be a weapon. The first led to an eight-game NBA suspension that was handed down in March.” On one hand, it’s remarkably disappointing that Morant would risk fame and fortune just to wave a blurry gun around in a social media post. On the other hand, should Ja have to live by different rules than the rest of American society? Congress doesn’t do anything about guns, SCOTUS supports our gun culture, states loosen laws around killing machines even as our schoolyards become killing fields, and politicians send out holiday cards with their families holding AR-15s. Isn’t it a little hypocritical to single out Ja Morant for swinging around a gun on social media? What’s Morant’s crime? That he’s not shooting it at someone? That it was only a handgun and not a more efficient killing tool?

+ Texas Monthly: Deaths from firearms keep climbing in Texas, decades after lawmakers began weakening gun regulations. “The rate of firearm-related deaths in Texas has reached a level not seen since the 1990s. Texas lawmakers have approved more than 100 bills that loosened gun restrictions since 2000.” (Maybe the NBA should take over Texas.)

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