Skip Bayless asks if Ja Morant has been ‘initiated’ by Crips gang
Skip Bayless suggested that there are questions about whether Ja Morant is a member of a gang.
In FS1’s “Undisputed” on Monday, Bayless said he has NBA connections who wonder if Morant, who is away from the Grizzlies indefinitely after flashing a gun at a strip club on Saturday in an Instagram Live video on Saturday, is only acting like a gangster or if he really would be one.
“I’ve been calling all over the league with people I’ve known for a long time and talking about Yes because I was so shocked by the IG Live, how brutal it was,” Bayless said.
“And I had several people say to me, ‘Well, time out, are you sure you guys on TV aren’t giving him a pass here, like [he’s] not That?’ They ask me, ‘Are you sure he isn’t? Like that’s just who he is – that he’s about that life.’”
Morant’s bizarre IG Live video came less than a week after the Washington Post reported that he was accused of flashing a gun at a basketball player he had an altercation with during a pick-up game, and that mall security called police. had called and claimed the NBA superstar had threatened him.
“Remember he surrendered the Crip board,” Bayless continued. “I’ve seen him throw up two or three times.
I probably missed a few more times. What does that mean? Does this mean he wants to be associated with the Crips, or that he’s initiated with the Crips, or that he just dreams of being a Crip?
“I don’t know. I’m just throwing this out. Are we missing the boat here that he’s just who he’s been from the beginning, and we keep saying, ‘No, you’re just hanging out with the wrong people,’ as he actually belongs to the wrong people?
Bayless’ co-host Shannon Sharpe, who was involved in an argument with Morant’s father Tee during a Lakers game earlier this season, said he could be “100 percent right.”
There are one few videos on YouTube that claim to show Morant appears to be flashing a “C” with his hands, which is a signal to the Crips.
Morant was also under investigation by the NBA earlier this season after members of the Pacers claimed his associates pointed a laser at them after a confrontation.
An NBA spokesman said the investigation “could not confirm that anyone threatened others with a weapon.”
“I am sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down,” Morant said in a statement after the IG Live video went viral. “I’m going to make some time to get help and work on learning better methods of coping with stress and my overall well-being.”
Colorado police are investigating whether Morant violated gun laws in the IG Live video.