Ja Morant Explains The History Behind His First Hater: His Father
On today's Pardon My Take... JA MORANT! The star of the Memphis Grizzlies and former Murray State Racer joined Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter today to discuss his time as an elite college basketball player, being the "float goat," Marty Mush being a hater, and much more. Speaking of haters, his dad was one. Well, kind of. At the very least, he was his *first* hater. Here are the details of how all of this unfolded:
Mr. Cat: You had a quote, we love this quote, you said your dad was your first hater. Is he still a hater of you?
Ja Morant: 100%. I think when I won Rookie of the Year, his message after was, "Good job. You still suck." I mean, there ain't too much I can do to, you know, make him say something positive.
Mr. Commenter: Yeah, has there ever been a time when you've done something, he's surprised you? He'd just be like, "Son, I'm really proud that you just accomplished that."
Ja Morant: Yeah, just my two seasons. you know, right after this season, he was like, "You know I don't do this, but I'm proud of you," and then start laughing.
Mr. Cat: So, I would imagine he's also featured a lot in the docu-series, which again, is out now, "Promiseland," you can check it out on Crackle. Is he a featured player in the docuseries in your relationship with him?
Ja Morant: Yeah, we got, you know, parts that just shows our relationship, shows, you know, how he played a part of my basketball career.
Mr. Cat: And he was a pretty good basketball player, too. He played with Ray Allen, right?
Ja Morant: Yeah, he was. I'm gonna call him trash though, since he called me trash.
Mr. Cat: Yeah, I mean, you should just, every time he calls you trash, you should just play him one-on-one and wipe the floor with him.
Ja Morant: Yeah, he won't play me no more. You know, I beat him last time, we had this kids versus adults game, and I hit the game-winner on him, and he won't play me no more.
Mr. Commenter: Do you remember the very first time you beat your dad one-on-one?
Ja Morant: Na, once I got a little taller and, you know, more athletic, he would never play me one-on-one. But when I was younger, he would, but he just posts me up and lay the ball up, so I couldn't do too much.
Mr. Cat: Yeah.
Mr. Commenter: So, he just decided he would quit. He would stop playing rather than have you whoop his ass every time.
Ja Morant: Yeah, he ran from the smoke.
The quote of Ja Morant's father telling him, "good job, you still suck," is one of the more simple, yet hysterical quotes I've seen on a guest of Pardon My Take in a long time. The former Rookie of the Year has made an immediate impact in the NBA, and certainly has a bright future ahead of him. He also was decent in college, too: