"Flexing the same guns used in school shootings" - Old pictures of Chris Kaman posing with guns spark online debate about Ja Morant double standards

Chris Kaman of the LA Clippers and Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies
Chris Kaman of the LA Clippers and Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies

The NBA is investigating Ja Morant's latest gun-related incident over the weekend. Morant is facing a lengthy suspension following his second gun controversy in recent months. However, it seems like there are a few people who continue to defend the Memphis Grizzlies superstar.

One of them is former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who posted an image of fellow ex-NBA player Chris Kaman holding guns when he was still active in the league.

Jackson captioned the post:

"It's cool when they do it, it's a prob when I do it. Wrong is wrong but hey if u 23 rich and black, u DEAD WRONG."

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Stephen Jackson's take has divided social media, with some questioning why the NBA didn't punish Chris Kaman back then. The pictures of Kaman holding the guns were taken in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

One fan said:

"Where is the outrage for this basketball player? How about you unsuspend Ja Morant or you need to put Chris Kaman through the same consequences times 3 since he was posted up online 3 times flexing the same guns used at school shootings?"

Here are other fans asking the same question:

Kaman was in the comfort of his own home when some of the pictures were taken. Another picture showed him in a gun store, while Morant was in a strip club and on a vehicle when he brandished his gun.

Another possible reason why the league and the Memphis Grizzlies are punishing Morant is because he's widely considered the next face of the NBA, unlike Kaman, who was a one-time All-Star and primarily a role player during his career. Morant's also under a $200 million contract with a policy on guns.

Here are some reactions to people explaining the difference between the Kaman and Morant situation:

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Stephen Jackson calls Ja Morant a 'moron'

Stephen Jackson and Ja Morant (right)
Stephen Jackson and Ja Morant (right)

Even though Stephen Jackson defended Ja Morant for his latest gun-related incident, he also criticized the young NBA star.

On the I Am Athlete podcast, Jackson called out Morant for doing something stupid and noted that his parents, Tee and Jamie, should be ashamed.

"All the people like me that was taking up for him that said it was a mistake," Jackson said. "He's a young kid. We can't go to bat for him this time. This was the dumbest thing he could've done. This is a moron move. His parents should be embarrassed. His friends around him wasn't his friends."

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