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Morant's mom says no to Jazz, Grizzlies game 5 courtside invitation

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) guards Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball first-round playoff series Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Utah Jazz will take on the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night and could advance in the playoffs with a victory at Vivint Arena.

However, this game will be missing an important guest -- Memphis star Ja Morant's mother will not be in attendance, despite an offer from Jazz owner Ryan Smith.

The all-expense-paid invitation comes following last week's shameful and racist behavior by some Utah fans.

Morant's father said his mother will be watching the game from home as she cannot handle another repeat of what happened during game 2 in Salt Lake City.

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Three fans, who have since been banned, made national headlines after reportedly making racist comments and heckling Morant's parents while they cheered for their son.

Since the incident, there's been an outbreak of bad fan behavior all across the league including some fans throwing food and drinks at players.

The National Basketball League released a video featuring players urging fans to get excited but to respect their fellow fans and the players.

"We ask that you guys treat everybody in the building respectfully. Players coaches referees and of course your fellow fans. Be loud, be rowdy, do everything y’all wanna do but be respectful. Much love to you guys we’re excited to have you back," the NBA said in the video.

Morant's father and four others accepted Smith's invitation. They'll receive free lodging, car service and courtside seating for game five ay Vivint.

Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night. If the Jazz lose they'll still have two more chances to advance to the next round. If necessary, a game six would put them back in Memphis on Friday.

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