NBA Players Union Mocked For Calling Ja Morant Suspension ‘Excessive’

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant

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It’s been a fairly rocky year for Ja Morant, who found himself at the center of multiple controversies before things reached a tipping point when he was suspended for eight games (and lost a fortune in the process) after flashing a gun on Instagram Live.

While the Grizzlies guard promised he’d learned his lesson after returning, it didn’t take long for him to prove that was not, in fact, the case when he did the exact same thing in the middle of May to essentially ensure he wouldn’t be suiting up for Memphis at the start of the 2023 season.

NBA insiders spent a month speculating about the exact amount of time Morant might be forced to miss, with some people even floating the idea Adam Silver could decide to suspend him for the entire season in an attempt to drive the point home.

As a result, it was pretty hard not to describe the 25-game suspension Morant officially received on Friday as “lenient” when you consider the build-up to the announcement that left plenty of fans wondering why it wasn’t longer.

However, there’s at least one group that views things differently: the National Basketball Players Association.

When you consider the NBA players union exists to protect the interest of the athletes it represents, it shouldn’t necessarily come as a huge shock it would be in Morant’s corner.

However, it seems like NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio failed to read the room before issuing a statement where she described the suspension as “excessive and inappropriate.”

It didn’t take long for NBA fans to respond to those claims with a dose of what I would describe as “objective reality,” as the statement was rebuked by plenty of people who advised the NBPA to sit this one out.

Again, it’s hard to fault Tremaglio and the union for doing their job, but based on the statement Morant issued, he’d probably be one of the first people to tell them to call off the dogs.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.