Former NBA star Paul Pierce has come to the defense of Grizzlies star Ja Morant following public backlash from his gun-toting Instagram post.
In a twitter post made by the former player, he elaborated on an earlier comparison he had made of Morant’s situation and that of rappers who bear arms in their music videos and are paid and celebrated for it.
In elaborating on the situation, he tweeted ,“But we glorify and normalize all the rappers who do it and get paid from waving guns in rap videos making millions. I’m trying to understand, make this make sense. What crime did he commit?” he said.
This has been the second instance of Paul Pierce coming to the defense of the athlete in the last week citing his personal experience with carrying a gun after he was stabbed multiple times in 2000.
The 23-year-old Morant went on Instagram live in the early hours of Saturday March 4th while brandishing a gun following his team’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. He has since suffered a two-game ban and might face a 50-game suspension for violating guidelines included in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.
Several public figures, celebrities, former NBA players and social commentators have lent their voices to the situation at hand since its occurrence but one other voice that has emerged to show support for Morant has been rapper Lil Boosie who also took to twitter to share his thoughts on the situation calling out Skip Bayless of Skip and Shannon fame for suggesting that the player might be affiliated to the infamous ‘Crip’ gang.
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