Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith has gifted courtside tickets and car service to Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant’s family for Wednesday’s Game 5, Morant’s father told ESPN.
The gesture comes after three Jazz fans were banned indefinitely from Vivint Arena last week for making racist and vulgar comments to Morant’s parents.
“It was a nice gesture from the Jazz,” Morant’s father Tee said. “It was unfortunate. It was just a few fans — most of them were great and cheering right alongside with us.”
Morant’s mother, Jamie, will not attend Game 5, Tee Morant said. She plans to watch the game from home due to increased anxiety from what happened the last time the family was at Vivint Arena.
Smith publicly apologized to the Morant family on Thursday night after he learned of what happened. Several other members of the Jazz organization, including Quin Snyder, Dwyane Wade and Donovan Mitchell also apologized to Morant and his family for the incident.
The Jazz lead the best-of-seven first-round series 3-1 and have the opportunity to close things out on Wednesday.