Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant’s lawyers have been granted the ability to argue that he acted in self-defense during a pickup basketball game where he is accused of assaulting a teenager. The lawsuit, filed by 18-year-old Joshua Holloway, accuses Morant and a friend of assault, reckless endangerment, and infliction of emotional distress.
Ja Morant’s Lawyers Present Self-Defense Argument in Teen Altercation Legal Proceedings
Morant’s lawyers have stated that he punched Holloway after the teenager threw a basketball at his chin during the game. They are now attempting to have the lawsuit dismissed by utilizing Tennessee’s “stand your ground” law, which allows people to use force when they feel threatened in their own homes.
While this law is typically used in criminal cases, the judge’s ruling allows Morant’s lawyers to apply it in the civil case against him. This has led to complicated legal arguments and disagreements between both parties.
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Holloway’s lawyer argues that the self-defense claim cannot be a reason to dismiss the civil case, as there is no ongoing criminal investigation against Morant. She also believes that Holloway has a right to a jury trial, which would be denied if the judge finds Morant to be immune.
On the other hand, Morant’s lawyer argues that the “stand your ground” law can apply in civil cases and that Morant is entitled to immunity. He also states that the motion was timely as the trial is not scheduled until April.
Neither Morant nor Holloway’s lawyers provided comment after the court hearing on Thursday. This legal battle adds to Morant’s recent controversy, as he was previously suspended for 25 games by the NBA for flashing a handgun in a video posted online.
As the case continues, it remains to be seen how the “stand your ground” law will impact the outcome and if Morant will be granted immunity. This situation serves as a reminder for athletes to be mindful of their actions both on and off the court, as they may face legal consequences.