Ja Morant's lawyers cite self-defense in pickup hoops lawsuit.

A lawsuit accusing Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant of punching a minor during a casual basketball game relies on whether Morant can claim self-defense and get immunity under Tennessee law.

On Wednesday, a judge allowed Morant's lawyers to argue that he punched Joshua Holloway in self-defense during a July 2022 game at the All-Star player's Memphis-area house.

Morant's lawyers said he punched Holloway after Holloway threw a basketball at him and hit him in the chin.

The player's lawyers argued on July 26 that the state's "stand your ground" law should shield him from liability.

Adelman stated, "These are...very important issues to everyone."

Judge Chumney has stayed depositions, subpoenas, evidence exchange, and other legal stages. She scheduled the hearing for Oct. 12.

 After serving an eight-game suspension in March for flashing a pistol at a Denver strip club, Morant tweeted a video of him pointing a gun in a car.

Morant apologized. A year after the pickup game at Morant's house in Eads, Pack was arrested for misdemeanor assault.


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