Ja Morant Calls Out Ref on Twitter After Being Ejected in Grizzlies' Loss to Knicks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 4, 2021

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - APRIL 14: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum on April 14, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant apparently wasn't done saying his piece to NBA referee Tony Brothers.

Morant was ejected with 1:02 left in Monday's 118-104 loss to the New York Knicks.


Ja Morant ejected in the final minutes vs the Knicks 👀 pic.twitter.com/NWCbRCSx0h

The reigning Rookie of the Year subsequently addressed the ejection on Twitter:

Ja Morant @JaMorant

send threats then want to give techs lol 😂😅🤡 https://t.co/ZMWUmqPgXY

Speaking with The Athletic's Peter Edmiston for the pool report, Brothers denied using any "threatening language" toward Morant. He also explained why he whistled Morant and Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins for technicals.

"They had been warned and he continued to complain, and I gave him an opportunity to stop and he wouldn't, so I called the first technical foul," Brothers said. "And then he continued to complain and walked toward me and so when he got close to me, I called a second technical foul and ejected him."

Publicly criticizing officiating often draws a fine from the league, so Morant might be hearing from the NBA soon. But his concerns are larger than that at the moment.

With Monday's defeat, the Grizzlies are back to .500 at 32-32, four games behind the sixth-place Dallas Mavericks with eight games remaining. The play-in tournament isn't a certainty just yet, but things are quickly approaching that point.