NFL Hall of Famer and Fox personality Shannon Sharpe appeared to spark an altercation Friday night with the entire Memphis Grizzlies team and Tee Morant during their game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena.
Sharpe was on the right side of the match when the altercation began just before half time. Both Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks were seen talking to Sharpe as they walked off the field to the dressing rooms. Things erupted before they got to the tunnel.
Nearly the entire Grizzlies bench, led by Steven Adams, a six-foot center, suddenly charged at Sharpe – prompting security to jump in and try to stop them.
Tee Morant, Ja’s father, then approached Sharpe and the larger group from the side, and the two had to be separated by security. Sharpe and the elder Morant were then walked off the floor in different directions by security, but both returned to their seats for the second half.
The cause of the altercation was, at least from Sharpe’s point of view, incredibly stupid.
Sharpe told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that the fight first started after Sharpe told Brooks he was “too small to guard LeBron.” [James].”
“They didn’t want this smoke, Dave,” Sharpe told ESPN. “They do all that talking and jockeying and I’m not doing that jockeying. It started with Dillon Brooks. I said he was too small to guard LeBron. He said, “F**k me.” I said, “F**k you” back. He started coming towards me and I said, ‘You don’t want this trouble.’
“And then Ja came out of nowhere talking. He definitely didn’t want these problems. Then the father came and he clearly didn’t want any trouble. But I wanted everything they had. Now don’t be fooled by these fools.”
It’s not exactly clear why Sharpe, who is technically a member of the media, started harassing Brooks in the first place. And it’s clear Brooks has a much better chance of guarding James than the 54-year-old retired tight end.
said Tee Morant Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report after the altercation that both he and Sharpe are “good” and that he has “nothing but love for him.” The two then made amends during the third quarter.
The Lakers came back in the fourth quarter to take the 122–121 win, breaking Memphis’ 11-game win streak.
Russell Westbrook led the Lakers with 29 points and six assists from the bench. James finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Dennis Schroder added 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Morant led Memphis with 22 points and eight rebounds, and both Tyus Jones and Brandon Clarke each added 20 points from the bench. Adams finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds.
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