WATCH: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson disses Ja Morant’s gun flashing controversy in latest WWE monologue

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took a shot at Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant on Smackdown.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took a shot at Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant on Smackdown.

Ja Morant still can’t catch a break months removed from completing a 25-game suspension for waving a gun back in May last year. He was ripped by fans when he was sidelined to serve the punishment. The Memphis Grizzlies guard still can’t shake off the trolling after he returned and then later gave up due to a season-ending injury.

On Friday, it was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s turn to take a shot at him. Johnson has become a much more regular presence in WWE events over the past two months. He recently joined Smackdown in Glendale Arizona before headlining the same show in Dallas, Texas.

For his latest gig, he captured an animated audience in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the NBA’s Grizzlies. In a place where Ja Morant remains largely followed by most basketball fans, “The Rock” couldn’t resist throwing a dig when he belted out the words:

“You’re simply an embarrassment, son. Just like Ja Morant when he’s waving a gun. I love you, Ja!”

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Ja Morant’s first run-in with the NBA about guns was in March 2023. He sat out eight games as punishment and willingly got counseling in Florida. “G12” met with Adam Silver and told him about his regrets and vowed to walk straight.

Two months later, he was back at it again. Following an investigation, Silver announced Morant’s 25-game punishment in June 2023. He was to serve the punishment at the start of the 2023-24 NBA season.


Ja Morant’s suspension had the Grizzlies on their heels right from the start

The Memphis Grizzlies couldn’t have started any worse than what they went through to open the season. Injuries decimated the roster and the franchise cornerstone couldn't even be active.

Ja Morant’s suspension was something the Grizzlies did not to have. He was healthy and yet unable to help his team. “G12” couldn’t even sit on the sidelines to cheer on and encourage his teammates.

Memphis went 6-19 for the second-worst record in the Western Conference during Morant's 25-game absence. The Grizzlies resembled like a playoff team once he returned. They got their mojo and swagger back with him on the lineup. Despite the injuries to other key players, they quickly got on a roll.

A shoulder injury a few weeks later, torpedoed any chance the Grizzlies might have had. The team announced that "G12" would have to sit out the rest of the season to recover.

Morant's injury might have happened whether he was suspended or not, but the Grizzlies' terrible start was his responsibility. "The Rock" may taking a dig at him, reminded him of that.

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