The Ja 1 athletic shoes, the signature sneakers of NBA star Ja Morant have been removed from Nike’s official app and website after the Grizzlies’ players gun incident last week.
Morant was seen handling a gun in a Instagram live video while sitting in a car on Saturday. The video went viral pretty quickly as the young player started getting serious backlash on Twitter since this his second such incident this year. The Memphis Grizzlies had announced that Ja Morant has been suspended from all activities pending League review.
The Ja 1 athletic shoes were released on April 19, and have been very popular among fans. However, the sneakers were not available to purchase on Nike’s website on Thursday, TMZ reported. The site does not feature much related to Morant left apart from some t-shirts.
Nike, however, has not totally erased all Morant sneakers. The new mismatched ‘Hunger’ colorway sneakers that are set to be released on May 25 are still visible in the “Upcoming” section of Nike’s SNKRS app. Other retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods, and secondary resellers like StockX and Flight Club still have Ja 1s for sale.
Morant committed to a multi-year contract with Nike in May 2019, but his endorsement with the biggest sportswear manufacturer in the world may be in jeopardy following the incident.
Meanwhile, Morant issued an apology statement on Tuesday. The statement read, ““I know I’ve disappointed a lot of people who have supported me. This is a journey and I recognize there is more work to do. My words may not mean much right now, but I take full accountability for my actions. I’m committed to continuing to work on myself.”
Just two months prior, the two-time All-Star showed a gun on Instagram Live while inside a Denver strip club. Following the incident in March, Ja was given an eight-game suspension.