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Tee Morant Might Be The Downfall of Ja Morant

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 26: Tee Morant and Singer, Usher attend the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies during Round 1 Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - MARCH 22: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies warms up before the game against the Houston Rockets at FedExForum on March 22, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Tee Morant might be enabling his son, Ja Morant, too much due to the pleasures of the NBA life. The ESPN article details the slow fall of the starry-eyed kid everyone loved to the now gun-toting player suspended for 25 games.

Tee Morant Is Affecting His Son

The recent events made the up-and-coming star feel like the NBA was against him. Even worse, Tee placed the blame for the suspension all on his son’s shoulders.

However, recent news might refute the father’s claim.

The former No. 2 overall pick’s future might face tampering from his father. Sadly, it’s all under the guise of a father who wishes his son to enjoy his life.

When a scout found him, he claimed there were no red flags when it came to Ja.

“He was the consummate coachable teammate, a choirboy. Underrecruited. Didn’t have many scholarship offers. Played with a chip on his shoulder. Glowing stuff. Nothing. There was absolutely nothing.”

Veteran NBA Scout

While he was in his rookie year, everybody loved him. According to someone who’d frequently interacted with him, he was down to earth, respectful, and curious. These are traits you’d want from your rookie.

“He would always kind of come off very humble. He would ask questions, ‘Man, if you don’t mind, can I have a seat right there?’ Very courteous.”

Memphis business owner whose establishment the Morant’s visited often

However, the downfall started to rear its ugly head. His demeanor changed with the humble rookie gone, and a more demanding and authoritative presence appeared.

“He went from being a nice guy to every time you look up, the kid was always into it with somebody. A staff member, security, always wanting it his way. It’s just so much. I can’t say all of it. It just went bad, bro—like the way he carried himself.”

Memphis business owner

While the Memphis Grizzlies tried to talk to the then-23-year-old, their words seemed unheard.

Now enters the possible influence, with the article explaining Tee moving to Memphis a week after his son was drafted.

His father hosted VIP events and parties at nightclubs. While this looks like a happy father celebrating his sons’ achievements, there’s more bubbling. Some team sources claim there were concerns about how frequently the Morant duo would go out drinking with the son being underage.

“Tee has been a major driving force in all of this. He never made the NBA, but this was his chance to live like he’s an NBA superstar. That’s been a problem from the beginning.”

A team source

Is It Too Late?

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - FEBRUARY 28: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates with Tee Morant during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum on February 28, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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After the two suspensions and multiple instances of drama in the league, one business owner met up with Tee. He sat him down and warned him about the pitfalls of being a professional athlete.

“I said, ‘Listen to me, because I’ve been around a long time. I’ve seen the cycle.’ So when he started putting all that s–t in his mouth, all those goddamn chains around his neck, he wanted to be a rapper and I told his dad, ‘Your son wants to be more of a rapper than a basketball player. It’s going to go bad.'”

Memphis business owner

This warning was just before the suspension became national news. Sadly, the owner claims his warnings were unheeded.

Meanwhile, Derrick Rose’s arrival in Memphis might change his behavior. However, the former Chicago Bull affirms that he’s not there to babysit Morant.

Does Ja Morant still have hope?