Phil Nardiello – Senior Sports Producer
3 hours ago
INDIANAPOLIS — The NBA investigated a postgame incident during the Pacers’ game in Memphis last week.
Pacers players exchanged words with friends of Grizzlies star goaltender Ja Morant during the game. The confrontation then spilled over to a parking lot after the game.
The Athletic reported that someone in Morant’s squad pointed a red laser at the Pacers’ traveling party and a member of the team’s security personnel believed it to be a firearm. fire.
The league found no evidence it was a weapon, but those involved in the incident were banned from attending games.
The NBA shared this statement with CBS4 from spokesman Mike Bass:
“NBA and league security investigators conducted an investigation by interviewing numerous eyewitnesses and reviewing CCTV following allegations made by the Indiana Pacers organization regarding a post-game incident on January 29. Although we have proven that a post-game situation occurred that was confrontational, based on interviews and other evidence collected, we could not corroborate that an individual threatened others. with a weapon. Some people involved in the post-game situation and related matter during the game that night were later banned from attending games in the arena. Should additional information become available regarding the post-game situation, the league office will conduct a further review.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle and center Myles Turner were asked about the incident after the team’s loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday, but both said they didn’t see what happened. had passed.
“I was in the locker room,” Carlisle said. “Someone called me and I was on my way, but I missed everything. The NBA investigated it and from there I think it’s over.
“I think things get overdone in reporting and stuff like that for click bait and all that kind of stuff,” Turner said. “I personally can’t speak to what happened, but that’s why we have NBA security and team security.”