Spurs star Dejounte Murray reflects on time in juvenile detention

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All-Star Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray is revealing parts of his past in hopes of inspiring others to persevere through adversities. On Friday, May 20, the 25-year-old shared an Instagram photo of his juvenile detention mugshot with a motivational caption. 

“I Just Want To Motivate And Inspire The Ones Worldwide With No Hope Or Guidance. They Never Try To Listen To Us And Understand Where We Come From And What We Been Through,” the post says. “They Just Label Us Based Off Being A Product Of Our Environment And Having No Other Choice. Thank God For Watching Over Me Always And Forever. If You Reading This, I Believe In You And You Can Make It Out Of Any Situation You Going Through!”

The carousel of photos Murray picked to show his transition include his graduation day, draft night, and his moment at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland beside NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Murray also included a screenshot of an earlier tweet in which he remembered being in juvenile for a month. He said he told guards that he would be out and he says that the men told him he’d return. Murray says the same people are now asking him for autographs.

“I ain’t come this far just to come this far,” the post also says. 

The official Instagram for the Spurs responded, saying “Keep inspiring DJ.”

Murray’s agent, Rich Paul, also shared his support. Former Spurs players Rudy Gay and Thad Young also chimed in. 


This isn’t the first time Murray’s been candid about his past. He also brought it up amid All Star games. 

During a 2020 interview with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Murray revealed he spent time in juvenile detention saying he was “active in the streets” when he was 11-years-old. 


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