Shannon Sharpe and Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies were involved in an apparent on-court incident at Friday night’s game in Los Angeles.
Sharpe, the co-host of Fox Sports’ «Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,» was sitting courtside at the game but was briefly escorted by security after he allegedly yelled at the players and an incident ensued.
According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the altercation occurred after the final possession of the first half. Morant was walking off the pitch towards the locker room before stopping and turning to Sharpe.
His teammate Steven Adams intervened as the two approached Sharpe.
Video of the incident appears to show others quickly got involved, including Morant’s father, Tee Morant, and a crowd of people formed in the area.
Security officers separated the group and the players went to the locker room before returning for the third quarter.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that the incident may have initially started with Brooks, a forward who was covering for the Lakers’ LeBron James when Sharpe joked that he was «too small» to protect him.
«He said, ‘Fuck me,’ and I said ‘Fuck you,'» Sharpe told ESPN. “He started coming up to me and I said, ‘You don’t want this trouble.’ Then Ja came out of nowhere.»
«They do all that talking and manipulating and I don’t mean all those manoeuvres,» Sharpe added.
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Sharpe and Tee Morant were able to return to their seats for the third quarter.
The Grizzlies were up at halftime, 53-49.
Memphis has a 31-13 record while the Lakers have a 20-25 record.