Who is Ja Morant’s Mom? Debunking Controversial Grizzlies Star’s Mother’s Role in His Upbringing

Published 12/20/2023, 1:16 AM EST

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Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant emerged as one of the most controversial stars in the NBA. The league held the All-Star accountable for his explicit and violent behavior off the court and slapped a 25-game suspension ahead of the season. The media and fans took their turns to criticize the 23-year-old following the decision. Moreover, things got out of hand and the critics involved Ja’s friends and family in the debate. Especially, his mom, Jamie Morant, was blamed for her son’s explicit behavior.

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Now, the star has served his 25-game suspension and stamped his authority with a game-winning buzzer-beater on his return. This article looks back into the controversy and aims to debunk the blame forced on Morant’s mother for her upbringing.

Who is Ja Morant’s mom?

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Unlike Ja Morant‘s father, Tee Morant, the NBA world hasn’t seen much of his mother. The star’s father can often spotted on the courtside, cheering for the Grizzlies. Interestingly, both his parents have been basketball players in their youth, but Jamie has more similarities to her son, as she had been a point guard in her college, reported Memphis Flyer.

Currently, there isn’t any clarity on the professional work of Jamie, but with her recent interviews, it’s evident that she is a loving mother and caretaker of her family. The article further quoted her, “I may not be in the spotlight like Tee, but best believe do something to my kids and you will meet mama.”

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Leaving her caring aside, Jamie caught the NBA world’s attention when some sections of the public blamed her for her son’s behavior. Notably,  comedian Corey Holcomb took a shot at Mrs. Morant for calling her son to a shoe store over an argument, reported Marca. Holcomb said, “Recently at a mall where Ja Morant’s mother got into a fight with a shoe store clerk. She called out to her son, Ja Morant, and said, ‘Woo, woo, woo… With the heat that’s coming down on him, it doesn’t make any sense. Unless there is resentment on the part of Morant’s mother and jealousy on the part of his parents over their son’s success”.

 

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Following that, the narrative snowballed into a debate where fans engaged in making memes and blaming her for encouraging violence in her son. However, Ja Morant earlier revealed his mom’s part in keeping him in check, reported The Score. Once when Morant posted “Broke the code” hitting back at Jordan Poole on X handle, Jamie intervened and made her son delete it.

Morant dedicates his comeback to his mom

Amid the noise surrounding his suspension, the 23-year-old kept his calm and went through the days with patience. The All-Star counted his days to get back on the court by sharing cryptic posts on his social media.

“Tell Em I’M COMING”: Ja Morant Reveals Chat With Mom Before and After Comeback Game

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And the day arrived. The Grizzlies took on the New Orleans Pelicans at their home. Morant had the fairytale comeback where he had possession of the ball for a game-deciding bucket and won the game for his side with a stylish jumper.

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Following the game, he took a moment to address his mom in the post-game interview. He said, “Hey happy birthday Ma. I am on the way home”. What do you make of the whole Ja Morant gun controversy saga? Let us know in the comments below.

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