Grizzlies' Ja Morant apologizes for attending party without mask

Morant won the Rookie of the Year Award last season

Ja Morant, the budding Memphis Grizzlies star who won the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year, admitted Wednesday that he attended a party over the weekend and failed to wear a mask.

Morant, 21, made the revelation while talking with the media weeks before the start of the 2020-21 NBA season. He apologized for not wearing the mask.

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“You know I just have to be more aware of the situation and what I do,” the Grizzlies guard said, via FOX13 Memphis. “As far as that, I should have had a mask on throughout the party but I’m still learning all the rules and protocols that the NBA has handed to us this year.”

Morant attended the party outside a lounge in Memphis on Saturday, according to WREG-TV. Pictures reportedly surfaced on social media of him not wearing a mask. The party occurred three days before the Grizzlies were set to start training camp in hopes of making the playoffs this season.

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Alisa Haushalter, the director of the Shelby County health department, told WREG-TV that the location where the party took place could face closure or a fine for hosting what officials previously called a potential super-spreader event.

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Morant averaged 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists last year for Memphis.