Ja Morant claims gun wasn’t his in new interview

Ja Morant said that he “doesn’t condone any type of violence” during an ESPN sitdown Wednesday — just hours after he was temporarily suspended by the NBA for waving a gun around at a strip club.

“It’s not who I am. I don’t condone any type of violence, but I’ve taken responsibility for my actions,” the embattled Grizzlies star told NBA analyst — and Post columnist — Jalen Rose on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown.”

“I put myself in a bad position,” he said.

Morant claims the gun he brandished on a March 4 Instagram Live video didn’t belong to him, but admits it was foolish to grab the weapon for the world to see.

The 23-year-old guard told Rose he has spent the last 11 days talking with therapists and trying to learn from his mistake.

“I feel mentally good,” Morant said. “I was constantly talking to therapists. I’ve been doing Reiki treatment. I’m doing anxiety breathing different stuff to help me manage that and release all that stuff from my body.”

Rose was gentle with Morant, who he said was a young player caught up with the spoils of fame.

On Saturday Rose empathized with Morant’s gun-toting escapades but reminded the four-season player he is not only risking the rest of his career, but his life.

Ja Morant interview with Jalen Rose.

“He has way too much to lose,” Rose said on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown.” “Trust me, I’ve been that young player carrying a gun … When you start waving it, that can get you killed. That’s an entirely different thing than we’re talking about a superstar athlete should be putting themselves in position.”

Morant has been away from his team since March 4, the same day he posted a 5:19 a.m. video of himself waving a handgun at a Denver-area strip club.

The viral video showed the shirtless 23-year-old player rapping along to the music with a firearm in his left hand.

Morant had spent the better part of his weekend — and $50,000 in tips — at Shotgun Willie’s.

Screen grabs from a. Video of Ja Morant flashing a hand gun at a strip club
Ja Morant waved a handgun in a video shared on Instagram Live.
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Images obtained by The Post show the basketball star happily receiving a lapdance from a G-string-clad brunette inside the body shop’s VIP room — where almost every inch was covered in cash.

A club insider said Morant blew into the club just hours after the Grizzlies mauled the Rockets 113-99 in Houston on March 2.

He returned two days later brandishing the gun, which “absolutely terrified” Shotgun girls in the back room.

Morant’s video earned him a temporary NBA suspension and an investigation by Glendale police, who ultimately determined that there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime.

Ja Morant getting a lap dance last at Shotgun Willie's in Glendale, CO.
Morant visited the Denver-area strip club two times in three days.

Morant quickly issued a public apology for whipping out the firearm.

“I take full responsibility for my actions last night. I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting you down,” he said in a March 5 statement.

The 23-year-old guard has a history of brandishing firearms.

Morant is embroiled in a lawsuit for allegedly beating a 17-year-old over a dozen times during a pick-up game over the summer before showing his victim a gun in his waistband.

Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at FedExForum on February 28, 2023.
The NBA suspended Morant for eight games after waving the handgun on social media.
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In February, the NBA investigated allegations by the Indiana Pacers that Morant’s crew “aggressively confronted” members of the team’s traveling party and aimed a red laser at them, which they believed could have been attached to a gun.

Morant can return to the court Monday — his eight-day suspension covers the five games he has already missed.