Ja Morant gifts signed jersey and sneakers to young Grizzlies fan who had autographed ball stolen by two adults


Ja Morant. Man of the people.

The Memphis Grizzlies guard has quickly become a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why. On Wednesday, the rising star followed through on a special gesture for a young Grizzlies fan.

Ellie Hughes, 11, who has been attending Grizzlies home games with her grandfather for six years, had her autographed basketball stolen at FedEx Forum by two adults after Monday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Hughes had been collecting the signatures of Grizzlies’ players over the years on the basketball and as she tried to get Morant to add to the collection, two adults took off with her prized possession, as reported by local Memphis media. 

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Once Morant caught wind of the news, he made sure to help make things right. 

The All-Star guard invited Ellie and her father to sit courtside for Wednesday night’s 135-129 win over the Spurs and after the game, he gifted her an autographed ball, a signed game-worn jersey, and a signed pair of his new Nike sneakers, the Ja 1s.

Morant, who regularly gifts his sneakers to fans after every home game, posed for some photos and brought a smile to the heartbroken fan’s face with his gesture.

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