Shannon Sharpe vs Grizzlies: Court-Side Chaos Erupts at Lakers Game
Last Friday night’s Lakers game saw a wild scene unfold when Undisputed co-host and former NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Shannon Sharpe got into a heated showdown with the Memphis Grizzlies players and Tee Morant, the father of the team’s star player Ja Morant.
It all started when Sharpe said that Grizzlies forward Dillion Brooks was too small to guard LeBron James. Brooks responded with expletives, and things quickly escalated from there. The altercation got so intense that security and referees had to intervene and break it up. Ja Morant even told Sharpe to “sit your ass down” before halftime.
Here’s the footage of the altercation:
But let’s not forget, this is Shannon Sharpe we’re talking about, a man who isn’t afraid of a little beef. He explained his side of the story to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, saying,
“They didn’t want this smoke, Dave. They do all that talking and jockeying and I ain’t about that jockeying. It started with Dillon Brooks. I said he was too small to guard LeBron. He said, ‘Fuck me.’ I said, ‘Fuck you back.’ He started to come at me and I said, ‘You don’t want these problems.’ And then Ja came out of nowhere talking. He definitely didn’t want these problems. Then the dad came and he obviously didn’t want no problems. But I wanted anything they had. Don’t let these fools fool you now.”
After the game, Brooks said that Sharpe should not have been allowed to remain in the arena, but Tee Morant had nothing but love and respect for him.
But Shannon Sharpe, being the professional he is, issued a public apology on Youtube. He acknowledged that his actions were unprofessional and that he regrets the incident. Check it out for yourself:
And here’s Dillon Brooks’ statement after the game:
Dillion Brooks on if it was appropriate for Shannon Sharpe to have a back-and-forth with the Grizzlies: “A regular pedestrian like him? No. He shouldn’t have ever came back in the game. But it’s LA.” pic.twitter.com/tf2NFaXyqe— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 21, 2023
The Lakers ended up winning the game 122-121 bringing the Grizzlies 11 game win streak to an end, but the real action was happening courtside.