Police arrest friend of Grizzlies’ Ja Morant tied to civil case

On Wednesday, Davonte Pack, a longtime intimate companion of Ja Morant, the star guard of the Memphis Grizzlies, was apprehended by Tennessee law enforcement. He was charged with misdemeanor assault for striking a teenager at Morant’s residence during the previous summer. This altercation has entangled Morant and individuals in his inner circle in an ongoing civil lawsuit.

On July 26, 2022, during an informal basketball match, Morant confessed to striking Joshua Holloway, who was only 17 years old at the time, at Morant’s house in Eads, a suburban area near Memphis. Morant subsequently asserted that he acted in self-defense, explaining to the authorities that Holloway aggressively threw the ball towards his face.

According to the arrest warrant issued by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office last week, which ESPN obtained, Pack acknowledged hitting Holloway but stated that he “did not perceive any danger when he struck Holloway in the head region, causing him to fall to the ground,” during a deposition in May 2023 as part of the lawsuit filed by Holloway. The lawsuit accuses Morant and Pack of assault, reckless endangerment, abuse or neglect, and causing emotional distress.

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Investigators were provided with medical records dated July 2022 that showed Holloway sustained bodily injury, including a hematoma to the scalp, sore jaw, and headaches in the area where Pack struck him.

The warrant mentioned that they were not given Pack’s identity and Holloway’s statement only mentioned Pack by his nickname. Furthermore, Morant’s statement to the authorities also did not disclose Pack’s name initially.

During his deposition testimony, Holloway confessed that he was struck by Pack, who was identified later by authorities as a third-party individual. Holloway also provided identifying information about this individual to the authorities, referring to him as a “participant” in the affidavits provided.

Pack is set to appear in court on Thursday morning. An arrest warrant was issued on July 10 after the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, who was involved in the case, stated that Pack has been accused of “Simple Assault in connection with the July 2022 incident involving Mr. Pack, Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, and a young basketball player at Mr. Morant’s home in Eads,” according to a statement given to ESPN.

Currently, we are unable to offer any additional details. Just like with any instance of Simple Assault, the SCDAG Office will continue with the prosecution of this particular case. The statement further mentioned, “Considering that this is an ongoing case.”

Morant’s lawyers have argued that he should be immune from liability under Tennessee’s “stand your ground” law, which allows those who feel threatened with force to act against those who threaten them in certain situations. Morant has also filed a countersuit accusing Holloway of assault and battery, slander, and criminal charges. The judge has issued a stay in the case, with the next scheduled hearing set for October.

Pack was escorted out of his courtside seat after stepping onto the floor during the Pacers’ game. He was also banned from attending Grizzlies’ home games for a year following the incident with the Pacers’ traveling party. The investigation into the postgame incident led to a 25-game suspension for Morant, who appeared to brandish a gun in a Live Instagram video in May. Pack has been involved in a number of off-court incidents tied to Morant.