Shannon Sharpe, Ja Morant Involved In Altercation At Grizzlies Game

By Terrance Turner

Jan. 20, 2023

The Memphis Grizzlies are in California tonight, leading the Los Angeles Lakers. Memphis is 31-13, in the midst of an 11-game winning streak (according to Sports Illustrated). The Lakers are 20-25, ranking 13th in the Western Conference. With the game in the fourth quarter, Memphis currently has a seven-point lead. But the action of the game took a backseat tonight; NFL Hall of Famer and FOX Sports host Shannon Sharpe got into an altercation with several members of the Grizzlies — including star player Ja Morant.

The trouble began at halftime. While watching from the stands, Sharpe criticized the play of Memphis forward Dillion Brooks. (He reportedly said Brooks was too small to guard LeBron James.) Brooks took umbrage and barked back. Sharpe kept talking, inviting Brooks to come over and say it to his face!

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Their argument drew attention of 6’11” Memphis center Steven Adams, who went over to defend his teammate. (A couple men tried to hold him back.)

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Somehow Grizzlies star Ja Morant got involved, telling Sharpe to go sit down. (NSFW).

Sharpe jawed back and forth with him; then Morant’s father Tee Morant spoke up on behalf of his son. Tee Morant and Shannon Sharpe had to be separated by security. Watch the entire exchange below:


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Sharpe spent halftime in the tunnel with security. But ESPN’s Dave McMenamin caught up with Sharpe when he returned to his seat in the third quarter, and Sharpe granted him a brief interview.

For his part, Morant said he has no hard feelings. He told NBA on TNT that he has “nothing but love” for Sharpe and that they were just talking a little trash.

The two apparently reconciled at some point afterward:

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 20: Tee Morant and Shannon Sharpe embrace during the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers on January 20, 2023 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wild Ending

Memphis led nearly the entire game. They were up 105-100 with just four minutes left when Russell Westbrook made it a three-point game. The Grizzlies still led 112-104 a minute later, when Dennis Schroder assisted LeBron James to the rim. James got the basket and the foul, making his free throw to cut the lead to five.

With just 23 seconds left, the Lakers still trailed Memphis. James missed a three-pointer, but Westbrook grabbed the rebound and scored two. That made it 118-117. Westbrook fouled Tyus Jones, who made both his free throws. But so did Dennis Schroder after being fouled.

With just 7.6 left, Schroder stole the ball from Desmond Bane near halfcourt and made a layup (while being fouled by Bane) to tie it at 120. Schoeder then made a free throw to give the Lakers the lead. They held on to win, 122-121.

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