Ja Morant's mom declines courtside invitation from Jazz to Game 5 in Utah

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Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith has offered a premium package for friends and family of Ja Morant to attend Wednesday's Game 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City.

Morant's father, Tee Morant, and others are taking Smith up on the offer. His mother, Jamie Morant, is not. She'll remain in Memphis to watch the game on TV.

"She said her anxiety couldn't take it," Tee Morant told ESPN on Tuesday. 

Ja Morant's family was targeted with abusive language

Smith made the offer after Morant's family was the target of sexually charged and racist heckling during Game 2 at Vivint Arena last week. The Jazz barred three fans from the arena after Tee Morant said that one fan made sexually explicit comments toward Jamie and another told him "I'll put a nickel in your back and watch you dance, boy."

Smith and minority Jazz owner/former NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade both denounced the behavior and apologized to the Morants on Twitter. 

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ESPN reports that Smith then reached out to the Morants to extend the invitation to Game 5 with an offer of lodging, a car service and courtside seats to Wednesday's game free of charge. Tee Morant and four others in the group plan to take Smith up on the offer. 

"It was a nice gesture from the Jazz," Tee Morant told ESPN. "It was unfortunate. It was just a few fans — most of them were great and cheering right alongside with us."

Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies warms up before Game Two of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 26, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Ja Morant's family was on the receiving end of sexually charged and racist heckling from Jazz fans last week. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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