Ja Morant reactivates Twitter and Instagram accounts after 11-day hiatus
Ja Morant reactivated his personal Instagram and Twitter accounts on Wednesday night.
Morant deactivated his pages on the afternoon of March 4 after he was under controversy for brandishing a gun at a night club in Colorado after the Memphis Grizzlies loss to the Denver Nuggets. On that day, the Grizzlies announced that Morant was stepping away from the team, and the NBA opened an investigation that resulted in an eight-game suspension.
Morant's suspension was announced on Wednesday afternoon. In his first public comments, Morant did a sit-down interview with ESPN's Jalen Rose.
"I made a bad mistake," Morant said to Rose. "I can see the image that I painted over myself with my recent mistakes, but in the future, I'm going to show everybody who Ja really is, what I'm about and change this narrative."
The most recent post on Morant's Instagram page is a Powerade advertisement. That same ad had been removed from Powerade's social media accounts while Morant was under investigation.
Branding is a major part of Morant's social media presence. His Nike sneaker is still expected to release in April. Morant's personal Instagram and Twitter accounts have more than 11 million combined followers, so his pages are one way Nike chooses to promote his product.
Morant is expected to return to the Grizzlies on March 20 after serving his eight-game suspension.
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