Ja Morant is a supremely talented basketball whose on-court exploits have helped transform the Memphis Grizzlies into potential contenders in the Western Conference.
Yet with the same determination he shows in getting to the rim for one of his spectacular dunks, he is showing an unfortunate penchant for wanting to throw it all away.
Earlier this season, following a contentious confrontation with members of the Indiana Pacers traveling party, a slow-moving SUV that contained Morant trained a red laser on the party.
This was chased by reports of the Grizzlies superstar beating up a high school basketball player and flashing a gun at a pickup game this summer.
Over the summer Morant and his entourage got into an altercation with mall security personnel.
Despite these reports of this nature swirling around the NBA-All Star thought it was a prudent move to brandish a gun in a nightclub on Instagram live early Saturday morning.
Ja Morant, for all his prodigious talents, seems to be careening toward self-destruction. It is at this critical juncture that those around Morant need to have a potentially uncomfortable conversation with him so that his name can avoid being added to the annals of young brothers and sisters that had so much promise only to lose it all to dusty behaviors.