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Shannon Sharpe should’ve been ejected in petty altercation with Grizzlies

If you like your NBA with a side of WWE, then Friday’s Memphis-Los Angeles Lakers game was for you.

If you prefer your NBA game focus on the on-court matchup featuring Ja Morant and LeBron James, the Grizzlies’ winning streak and James’ pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record, then the game wasn’t for you.

The main takeaway from Friday’s game between the two teams wasn’t Los Angeles’ 122-121 victory, ending Memphis’ 11-game winning streak and James now trailing Abdul-Jabbar by 260 points.

It was the dustup between members of the Grizzlies, Ja Morant’s dad, Tee, and Shannon Sharpe, the Fox Sports commentator and Pro Football Hall of Famer.

The incident began at halftime when Sharpe began jawing at Memphis’ Dillon Brooks who barked back. Grizzlies center Steven Adams walked toward Sharpe as security, team staffers and referees acted as a buffer between Sharpe and Grizzlies players. Ja Morant entered the fray as did Ja’s dad, Tee, and Sharpe and Tee Morant continued the back-and-forth as players left the court.

Shannon Sharpe with Tee Morant after Friday’s game.

In a brief interview with ESPN at halftime, Sharpe said: “They didn’t want this smoke, Dave. They do 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, ‘(expletive) me. I said, ‘(expletive) 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 let these fools fool you now.”

ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Breen chimed in with the most reasonable analysis: “It’s just silly.”

Sharpe and Tee Morant reconciled, and all is good between them. The elder Morant has been a nuisance at games before, but in general, he has a good spirt about him and has said repeatedly he is there to support his son. After the game, Tee Morant tweeted, “up the chimney,” letting everyone know where that smoke went.

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Publish date : 2023-01-21 18:25:03

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