Patrick Beverly, a guard for the Chicago Bulls, doesn’t hold back when he expresses his opinions, and he believes that Ja Morant‘s recent antics may have been influenced by the state of rap music today.
In a recent episode of The Pat Bev Podcast With Rone, Beverly shared his opinion on the troubled Memphis Grizzlies player, who has been suspended for eight games after displaying a gun on Instagram Live earlier this month.
According to Pat Bev, the youth’s consumption of Hip Hop culture and music has a significant impact on how individuals behave.
“It’s the music we listen to is real big what the rappers are [saying],” said Beverly. “It’s crazy to say this but Charleston White was absolutely correct. The music we listen to and how that is the new brand. The music say I keep pipe, I do this and I do that. That turns into, ‘I need a pipe.’ A pipe meaning gun.
“I think it’s the music, man. I ain’t bashing the music cus I’m listening to that shit too. I’m not up at 9 a.m. listening to it though, I’m gameday listening to it.”
He continued: “It’s not part of my life. It’s a part of a lot of people I know though, so I can relate. My homie used to do that, my homie got locked up for doing that, or my homie in jail for doing that or my homie died from doing that.”
The Grizzlies suspended Morant after he was captured on Instagram live brandishing a firearm at a Colorado strip club following a loss to the Denver Nuggets on March 3. In his time away from the organization, Morant briefly enrolled in a Florida therapy program.
Even though he’s been away from the team since March 4, a quick comeback appears to be in the horizon. The star guard made his first public appearance since the suspension on Wednesday (March 15), when he met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in New York City then sat down with ESPN’s Jalen Rose for an apologetic interview.
“The gun wasn’t mine,” Morant said. “It’s not who I am, I don’t condone in any type of violence but I take full responsibility for my actions.”
The 23-year-old passionate Lil Baby fan is qualified to return to the Grizzlies for Monday’s (March 20) game against the Dallas Mavericks, although he’s not expected to play.
However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski speculated that he could play in the following contest when the Houston Rockets come to town.