Shannon Sharpe and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks were involved in an apparent courtside incident at Friday evening’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 away by security officials after he allegedly yelled at the players and an incident ensued.
According to Memphis Commercial Appeal, the altercation happened after the final possession of the first half. Morant was walking off the court toward the locker room before he paused and turned toward Sharpe.
Teammate Steven Adams intervened as the two neared 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 officials separated the group and the players left for the locker room before returning for the third quarter.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported the incident may have initially started with Brooks, a small forward who was covering 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 said to ESPN
“He said, ‘F—’ me and I said ‘F— you’ back,” he added. “He started to come at me and I said, ‘You don’t want these problems.’ Then Ja came out of nowhere.”
Sharpe continued: “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.”
“They do all that talking and jockeying and I ain’t about all that jockeying,” Sharpe added.
Sharpe, an NFL Hall of Famer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tight ends of all time, stands over 6’2″ and is bigger than most of the athletes on the court.
Other videos of the incident appear to confirm that Brooks yelled at Sharpe, who yelled back and pointed at the ground in front of him as if to gesture for him to come over.
Sharpe and Tee Morant were both allowed to return to their seat for the third quarter.
The Grizzlies were up at halftime at the Crypto.com Arena, 53-49, but ultimately lost to the Lakers 122-121.
A surge by the Lakers in the fourth quarter and a key steal 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.
On the other side of the court, James had 23 points and the Lakers were led in scoring by Russell Westbrook, who had 29.
Memphis has a 31-14 record while the struggling Lakers are now 21-25.