NBA star Ja Morant accused of punching teenager and threatening mall security guard

Ja Morant   (AP)
Ja Morant (AP)

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant has been accused of punching a teenager and threatening a mall security guard in separate incidents, according to police reports.

The 23-year-old point guard was allegedly involved in an altercation with the head of security in the parking lot of a Memphis mall last summer, according to a police report obtained by the Washington Post.

A member of the NBA star’s entourage allegedly pushed the guard in the head, alarming him enough to file a complaint with Memphis police.

The Post reports that Morant repeatedly punched a 17-year-old in the face during a game of pickup basketball at his Memphis home four days later.

The teenager was left with a “large knot” on the side of his head after the violent encounter with Morant and a friend of his, according to the police report.

Morant then went into his house and returned carrying a firearm, the teenager told authorities.

Morant later told police during an interview that he had acted in self-defense.

No charges were filed in either incident, according to The Post.

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