A halftime incident between members of the Memphis Grizzlies and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe occurred during a 122-121 victory for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
while the The Lakers came from behind for the win, the shouting match that took place between Sharpe and the Grizzlies was the focus of the postgame conversation.
«I drive with Shannon for 365 days, 366 in a leap year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,» LeBron James said after the game. «So, that’s my guy. So I’ll always cover for him, and he’s got mine. He can talk to the best, for sure.»
LOS ANGELES LAKERS-MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES INCIDENT IN COURT INVOLVING SHANNON SHARPE, TEE MORANT, DILLON BROOKS
sharpe takes a long time james supporter as a commentator for Fox Sports.
The incident occurred seconds after the buzzer was sounded late in the second quarter.
The Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks was seen yelling at Sharpe, who was sitting courtside, as he walked to the bench.
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As Sharpe yelled back, gesturing for Brooks to come over to him, several Grizzlies players approached Sharpe near his seat.
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Steven Adams and Ja Morant walked towards Sharpe as security got in the way.
«They didn’t want this smoke, Dave [McMenamin]»Sharpe told ESPN. «They do all that talking and manipulating, and it’s not about manipulating. He started with Dillon Brooks. I said that he was too young to defend LeBron. He said, ‘Fuck me.’ I said, ‘F— you’ back. He started to come closer to 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 obviously he didn’t want any trouble.
«But I wanted everything they had. Don’t let these fools fool you now.»
Sharpe was allowed to return to his seat for the second half.
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After the game, Brooks was asked if he thought it was appropriate for a fan to participate with the players as Sharpe did.
«A normal pedestrian like him? No,» Brooks told reporters. «He never should have come back in the game. But he’s LA.»
Memphis took an 89-81 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers outscored the Grizzlies 41-32 in the fourth quarter, allowing the Lakers to move to 21-25 on the season.