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Ja Morant Addresses Loud Cheers Turning to Boos in New Orleans

Published 12/19/2023, 11:50 PM EST

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After missing out on a month and a half of action, Ja Morant finally suited up for the Memphis Grizzlies. The 6’2 point guard came back with a bang, finishing the game with a 30+ point performance along with hitting the game-winner.

A lot of fans eagerly anticipated the debut of Ja Morant this season. But many weren’t too happy to see him, either. And that is what Morant addressed in this post-game press conference after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ja Morant addresses the razzing by fans

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The Memphis Grizzlies won on the road against the Pelicans with a final score of 115-113. The team was led by Ja Morant and his 34-point performance. As well as his last-second game-winning shot.

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At first, the crowd cheered as Morant made it into the starting lineup. But as soon as he hit the floor, those very cheers turned into boos. And that is what Morant addressed in the post-game press conference.

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When asked if those cheers turned into razzing had surprised him, Morant said, “I don’t know. There’s a lot of people who don’t like me, so, see where that got ‘em.”

“I guess the surprising part was I got called into the starting lineup. It was loud cheers but when the game started, went to boo’s. I don’t know the reason, I don’t know what I did to the Pelicans or their fans. But hey, they gotta root for their team. So, it’s all good.”

The game was fairly even till the last seconds. And if it weren’t for Morant, the Pelicans would’ve won the game. So, Morant didn’t give the Pelicans fans anything to cheer about either.

Why did the fans turn on Ja?

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During the press conference, Ja Morant revealed how the cheers he was receiving quickly changed to boos and outcry from fans. One reason could be that the Grizzlies were playing on the road.

But another reason could be all the scandalous things Morant had been accused of in the past. Ja Morant had been in the court these past few weeks, facing a lawsuit that could have affected his career.

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And in today’s day and age, a player’s life is not limited to just the court. Whatever he chooses to do off the court tends to have serious repercussions for the players as well. Though Morant did not say it, that razzing must’ve affected him a bit.

So, let’s see if the young All-Star can change things around for himself after missing out on 26 games for the Grizzlies.

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