NBA superstar Ja Morant says he went too far by reposting an anti-police statement to his social media pages … and now, he’s apologizing for it — saying, “I know there are good cops ’12’ out there.”
If you missed it, somebody edited Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies jersey so it spelled out “F**k 12” … and Ja reshared it on Instagram with the caption, “nah fr tho.”
Morant also posted it on Twitter, writing there, “want dat on my jersey fr.”
But, Ja’s endorsements of the image — which came after reports claimed the NBA is considering allowing players to replace their jersey names with messages in their return to action next month — was met with immediate backlash.
And, just hours after he reshared the pics, he took them down and issued a mea culpa.
“I want to first apologize for reposting something that didn’t clearly and accurately convey what I wanted to share,” Morant said.
“My post was intended to focus on the bad cops who get away with the murder of unarmed Black men and women, and those who continue to harass peaceful BLACK LIVES MATTER protestors.”
Ja continued, “I know there are good cops ’12’ out there. I know some, and a few are family. I am thankful to the cops at Murray State who took care of me, and the cops who continue to watch over me with the Grizzlies.”
“We NEED good cops to step up and make sure others cops are not abusing their power.”
In the apology, Morant went on to call for justice for Breonna Taylor, and added, “There have been too many Black lives taken by police that could have been prevented.”
“You may see me as just a basketball player and I may lose fans for taking a stand, but I won’t stay silent.”
For their part, Ja’s Grizzlies team reshared Ja’s apology on their social media page as well.