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“Congrats Baby”: Amid Ja Morant’s $39,000,000 Trouble, Angel Reese’s Response to His Sister Is Turning Heads

Published 05/18/2023, 1:19 PM EDT

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Ja Morant has faced criticism and backlash after a recent incident where he was seen brandishing a gun during an Instagram Live session. This situation adds to the growing concerns surrounding the two-time NBA All-Star. However, amidst these troubles, his sister’s career is flourishing. In fact, Angel Reese, a prominent college basketball player, has showered Morant’s 18-year-old sister with immense praise for her achievements.

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As the NBA reviews the situation, the Memphis Grizzlies have taken the decision to suspend Ja Morant from all basketball activities. The outcome of this review will determine whether Morant faces another suspension or not. It remains to be seen how these actions will impact the Grizzlies in the upcoming season and potentially have long-term repercussions for the franchise.

Ja Morant loses out on a significant amount of money


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Unfortunately, Ja Morant did not make it onto the All-NBA second or third teams. Had he been selected for one of these prestigious teams, he would have become eligible for a supermax contract extension. However, Morant recently signed a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies worth approximately $193 million. If he had been included in the All-NBA teams, he would have qualified for a more substantial extension valued at around $231 million. Thus, his absence from the teams resulted in a loss of approximately $39 million over the next five seasons for Morant.

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Teniya Morant, the younger sibling of Ja Morant, who plays for Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee, recently grabbed attention with a significant announcement on her social media platform.


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Ja Morant’s sister makes a massive announcement

Teniya Morant took to Instagram to announce her commitment to playing basketball for Mississippi Valley State University, a team that competes in the NCAA Division 1. In her post, she expressed her excitement, writing, “lets go devilettes 💚❤️ #committed #mvsu #ladydevilettes.”

Her announcement drew attention, particularly from Angel Reese, who reacted to the post, sparking a conversation among many followers. Here are some of the notable reactions in the comments section.


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Angel Reese wrote, congrats bby😘” She added, “see you game 2😭🫠” 

To which Morant replied, “see you game 2🫣”

Fans also jumped in with their best wishes for the 18-year-old:

“aye mane say mane!!! we locked at valley❤️”

“niya don’t playyyy😎😎😎congrats💙”

“💚Congrats boo🥰So proud of you!!! Let’s get it 💪🏽”


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“congrats niy! so proud🥹🫶🏽”

“Yes ma’am👏👏”

Among the flood of congratulatory messages, Angel Reese’s response stood out. While she did congratulate Teniya Morant, she also reminded her to be prepared for the rivalry between the LSU Tigers and Mississippi Valley University. The Tigers had previously defeated Mississippi Valley by a staggering seventy-point margin in their last encounter. It will certainly be intriguing to see if Teniya Morant can contribute to her team’s efforts in overcoming the LSU Tigers in the upcoming season.


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Written by:

Aaditya Negi


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Aaditya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports and has been following the game for a number of years. He is an avid fan of the NBA and follows what’s happening in the league on a daily basis. Having worked as an intern in the sports domain, his passion for writing arose from his fondness for the intricacies of the game.
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Edited by:

Debmallya Chakraborty