Former NBA player Jay Williams is not happy with the way that the NBA decided to deal with Ja Morant and the situation that the Memphis Grizzlies star has caused. Fans will undoubtedly be aware of what is going on by now. Morant has been scrutinized after getting into a physical altercation with a 17-year-old boy and producing a gun, both at the scene and later on social media.
As a result of this, the NBA decided to take action and suspended him for 8 games. Additionally, there were also criteria indicating that he would have to go undergo counseling before making a return to his team. Despite the fact that Morant did all of this and apologized for his actions, Jay WIlliams feels that the punishment was simply not enough. Let us take a look at what he said and why Williams could be feeling that way.
Jay Williams believes that Ja Morant should be suspended for the entire NBA season
Everyone is entitled to an opinion and can speak freely about any issue they deem worthy to be discussed. When NBA fans found out that Ja was being suspended for 8 games and had to undergo counseling, there were a lot of mixed feelings in the air. While some felt that Ja was being unnecessarily targeted and harassed, others felt that he wasn’t being punished enough and that his actions weren’t being taken very seriously.
Williams clearly empathizes with the second group despite being a former player himself. This would make sense considering that Jay’s career in the NBA came to an end after he got into a motorbike accident without wearing a helmet. Perhaps that potentially played a role in his decision to call out Ja and declare that this punishment was simply too lenient.
“I do believe the NBA missed the mark on his suspension. I thought he should’ve been suspended for the rest of the regular season without pay, and his return should have been subject to successful counseling from the NBA. I think whenever you involve guns and alcohol and all this other stuff…I think there’s a high standard that needs to be set and a bar that needs to be set around the league in setting that kind of example…I thought the punishment was a bit too lenient.”
“I do believe the NBA missed the mark on his suspension. I thought he should’ve been suspended for the rest of the regular season without pay, and his return should have been subject to successful counseling from the NBA.”
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Williams opined that Morant shouldn’t have been allowed to return so easily and that “successful counseling” should have been made a criterion for Ja’s return. However, that begs the question as to whether anyone can know for certain that Ja has changed for the better. If he was kept away unnecessarily for a significant period of time, the NBA and Memphis Grizzlies would end up losing out in a manner of speaking.