Shannon Sharpe and Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies were involved in an apparent on-court incident during Friday night’s game in Los Angeles.
Sharpe, the co-host of Fox Sports’ “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,” sat on court at the game, but was briefly led away by security officials after he reportedly yelled at the players and an incident ensued.
According to Memphis Commercial Appeal, the altercation occurred after the last possession of the first half. Morant walked down the field toward the locker room before pausing and turning to Sharpe.
Teammate Steven Adams intervened as the two approached Sharpe.
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Video of the incident appears to show that others quickly became involved, including Morant’s father Tee Morant, and a mob of people formed in the area.
Security officials separated the group and the players left for the locker room before returning for the third quarter.
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ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that the incident initially started with Brooks, a small forward covering for the Lakers’ LeBron James.
Sharpe joked that Brooks was “too small” to guard him.
“It started with Dillon Brooks. I said he was too small to guard LeBron,” Sharpe told ESPN
“He said ‘F—’ me and I said ‘F— you’ back,” he added. “He started coming towards me and I said, ‘You don’t want these problems.’ Then Ja came out of nowhere.”
Sharpe continued, “He definitely didn’t want these troubles. Then came the father and he clearly didn’t want trouble. But I wanted everything they had. Don’t let these fools fool you now.”
“They’re doing all that talking and jockeying and I’m not doing all that jockeying,” Sharpe added.
Sharpe, an NFL Hall of Famer widely regarded as one of the greatest tight ends of all time, stands at over 6’2″ and is taller than most athletes on the field.
Other videos of the incident appear to confirm that Brooks yelled at Sharpe, who yelled back and pointed to the ground in front of him as if motioning for him to come over.
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Sharpe and Tee Morant were both allowed to return to their seats for the third quarter.
The Grizzlies got up at halftime at the Crypto.com Arena, 53-49, but eventually lost to the Lakers, 122-121.
A rise by the Lakers in the fourth quarter and a key theft by the Lakers’ Dennis Schroder sealed the victory.
Morant had a team-high 22 points, Adams had 16 and Brooks had 9. Adams also had a game-high 17 rebounds.
At the other end of the field, James had 23 points and the Lakers were led by Russell Westbrook, who had 29.
Memphis has a 31-14 record while the struggling Lakers are now 21-25.