Meet Haylei Snelson after Ja Morant allegedly likes model's IG posts

Joshua Rogers July 14, 2022
Meet Haylei Snelson after Ja Morant allegedly likes model's IG posts
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Here’s everything we know about model and tennis coach Haylei Snelson after Grizzlies star Ja Morant allegedly liked a series of her IG posts.

Ja Morant is one of the brightest young basketball stars in the entire NBA. The Grizzlies star was the Rookie of the Year in 2020 and made serious strides this past season.

The 22-year-old was named an All-Star starter for the first time in his career, and was also named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. The mercurial point guard also led a talented young Grizz squad to the Western Conference semifinals. However, they were beaten by eventual champions the Golden State Warriors.

The 2022-23 season promises to be another important year for Ja but, away from the court, he seems to be enjoying the offseason.

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Ja Morant allegedly likes series of IG posts

As reported by Side Action and Black Sports Online, Ja Morant was allegedly spotted liking a series of Instagram posts by Haylei Snelson.

Side Action shared a number of alleged screenshots of the liked posts, many of which involve Haylei modelling the brands she promotes.

The Focus has reached out to Ja Morant for comment about the alleged likes.

What we know about Haylei Snelson

Haylei Snelson is an IG model and assistant tennis coach at Southern Virginia University. She is originally from South Bend, Indiana, and attended Penn High School, playing tennis at Lakeland Academy of Tennis.

According to her LinkedIn bio, Haylei went to Auburn University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science.

As well as being a tennis coach she is also a brand ambassador for Lost Effects and Glam Seamless Hair Extensions, which includes promoting hair extensions on social media. She also helps promotes EHPlabs, which provides wellness and fitness services.

Haylei Snelson on IG

According to Haylei’s bio on Collabstr: “I’m a college tennis coach, and I’m really big into fitness. I travel very often and model for all different brands.”

She also works with brands such as Blessed Protein and Cute Booty Lounge.

Haylei Snelson is on Instagram @haylei_snelson where she has 35.6K followers and 44 posts.

Morant recently made headlines over MJ comments

Morant has been in the news recently after his sit-down interview with Taylor Rooks.

They discussed a number of basketball-related subjects, including basketball legend Michael Jordan. Ja paid homage to His Airness, but backed himself in a game of 1-on-1.

“Thank you,” Ja said on what he would’ve told MJ. “He’s the reason a lot of people want to play the game of basketball. To even be there with him is something I didn’t see myself doing as a kid, but having the opportunity to be there and talk to him, introduce myself, to have that conversation with him.”

“I don’t know what I would’ve said, I wish I played in his generation, though,” Morant told Rooks. “How he went about the game, just that mindset he had. I would like to play against him.”

Ja claimed he would have “cooked him too” adding: “Nobody has more confidence than 12 [Ja’s number].”

Do you think Ja could beat MJ 1-on-1? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.