Former Murray State star Ja Morant has called on a Kentucky judge to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee in downtown Murray. Morant’s letter comes in the wake of a Jefferson Davis statue removed from the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort on Saturday.
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Morant led Murray State to an OVC conference championship, cinching his place as the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Morant currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.
In the letter addressed to the judge in Calloway County, Morant speaks positively of his time at Murray State, saying he is “extremely proud” and “honored” to have been part of the program, but calls upon the removal of the statue from a place he feels is his “second home”.
The statue has stood in front of the Calloway County courthouse since its erection in 1917.
Morant refers to the recent Black Lives Matter protests as a starting point to begin initiating change in communities such as Murray.
Morant is joined by Murray State assistant football coach Sherman Neal II in his efforts to remove the statue, who wrote a letter to Murray’s mayor on June 3rd asking for the statue’s swift removal.
Morant is expected to return with the Grizzlies to the 2020 NBA playoffs in Orlando later this summer.