| USA TODAY
The Memphis Zoo welcomed a newborn calf on Nov. 10 and named it “Ja Raffe” after Grizzlies NBA Rookie of the Year Ja Morant, and the guard decided to pay the baby boy a visit.
Morant traveled to the Memphis Zoo on Friday morning where he met Ja Raffe face to face and even attempted to feed him. Yes, attempted. Ja Raffe wanted no part in Morant’s feeding attempts.
Not only did the 10-day-old stand stoically for the duration of the visit, but Morant seemed to be quite sheepish around Ja Raffe.
The 6-foot-3 guard, who said the Ja Raffe had a neck just like him, was scared to even touch him. Eventually, Morant found his courage and touched the newborn on the nose while narrating the contact with a “boop.”
Despite the reservations on either side, Morant was quiet fond of Ja Raffe. The 21-year-old, who was with his parents, referred to them as grandparents of Raffe during the Instagram Live. This may not be the last time we see Ja Raffe in the spotlight, though.
Morant said the two might make an appearance together one day — during All Star Weekend.
“I’ll dunk on you,” Morant said. “If I ever do the dunk contest, I’m going to take my son (Ja Raffe) with me.