Tee Morant, the father of Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant, couldn’t care less about his haters. After all, he is focused on just one thing: supporting his son in any way he can.
The Morant patriarch has been thrown into the spotlight this postseason because of his sideline antics and sometimes over-the-top support for the Grizzlies youngster. What put him into the headlines first was his friendly banter and trash talk with Karl Towns Sr.–Karl-Anthony Towns’ dad–during the first round of the playoffs, and it just spiraled from there.
After which, Tee was seen hanging out with his look-alike Usher, talking with Dell Curry, and even giving a hug to Golden State Warriors sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
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While Tee Morant has several fans, he also has his own fair share of haters who found him annoying. Some even compared him to LaVar Ball for his attention-seeking attitude. As mentioned, though, he doesn’t care about what people say. He will continue to support (and push?) Ja Morant and show respect to the Grizzlies’ opponents no matter what.
“My love for my son is underestimated,” Tee said, per Marc J. Spears on Andscape. “I’d give my life for that boy. I’d give my life for that boy because he’s a miniature version of me pretty much, because he came from me. Of course, me and his mom and God, but at the same time I think of it as, and I always told them, I’m his first line of defense. So, take me before you take him.”
That support is exactly what Ja need right now amid news that he’s going to be sidelined for the rest of the Western Conference semifinals. The Grizzlies star is dealing with a knee injury he sustained in Game 4, and it is doubtful if he can recover from it quickly to make it back in the playoffs.