NBA great Paul Pierce defended Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant for carrying a gun and admitted to carrying a gun after being stabbed early in his career.
Pierce suggested that he could empathize with Morant’s situation given what he had to go through during his NBA career. In September 2000, Pierce was stabbed 11 times after an incident at a Boston nightclub. The Celtics star required lung surgery to repair the damage that was done.
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«I don’t care what they say about Ja. I carried a gun after I got stabbed. They don’t know what I’m going through. Everyone has a say until they really know what’s really going on in someone’s life when Black Target Period and yum,» Pierce tweeted early Sunday morning.
Morant appeared to brandish a gun on live video while out at a nightclub after the Grizzlies played the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The video caused quite a stir on social media and the superstar point guard was suspended for two games.
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He issued an apology later on Saturday.
«I take full responsibility for my actions last night,» Morant said. «I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting them down. I will take time to get help and work to learn better methods of dealing with stress and my general well-being.
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Morant could face additional punishment if the league’s investigation finds wrongdoing.
Associated Press contributed to this report.