JUDGE RULES JA MORANT'S PUNCHING A TEENAGER DURING PICKUP BASKETBALL GAME WAS SELF-DEFENCE.  

Morant is officially one step closer to making up for his off-court transgressions and refocusing on basketball.  

The Memphis Grizzlies star has been entangled in a months-long dispute with Joshua Holloway over an altercation, but Shelby County Circuit filings show that Morant acted in self-defense  

It all started in July 2022, when Holloway, then 17, arrived to Morant's Memphis home for a recreational basketball game.   

However, his competitive nature got the best of him, and he forcibly checked the ball to Morant, striking him in the face  

He claimed that Morant became upset and assaulted him.  

However, Morant claims that after the ball struck him, Holloway approached him and punched him in self-defense.  

According to court filings, Morant's friend Davonte Pack also intervened and assaulted Halloway.   

Pack was later charged with minor assault, but the charges were eventually withdrawn.  

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