Ja Morant apologizes for sharing anti-police slogan, demands justice

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Ja Morant apologizes for sharing anti-police slogan, calls for justice for Breonna Taylor

Ja Morant isn't afraid to speak his mind, but in one Instagram post Sunday, the Grizzlies guard perhaps went too far.

On Sunday, Morant shared an image in his story feed with his name replaced by a four-letter expletive above his number 12. Morant added a laughing emoji before saying "nah fr (for real) tho" followed by the "100" symbol and an annoyed face.

The expression "(expletive 12)" is an anti-police slogan used on social media and at protests over the past month following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, a handcuffed Black man, died after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded for air.

In a since-deleted tweet, he added "want dat on my jersey fr". Just before 11 p.m., he issued his apology on Twitter while also addressing deaths of unarmed Black citizens in shootings involving police officers.

"I want to first apologize for reposting something that didn't clearly and accurately convey what I wanted to share," Morant posted Sunday night. "My post was intended to focus on bad cops who get away with the murder of unarmed Black men and women and those who continue to harass peaceful BLACK LIVES MATTER protestors (sic)."

Morant's post came a day after multiple reports stated that the NBA, National Basketball Players Association and Nike were working on a deal to allow players to replace their names on the back of their jerseys with statements promoting a…
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