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Shannon Sharpe Apologizes for Exchange with Grizzlies, Ja Morant’s Dad at Lakers Game

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Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 23, 2023

アメリカ LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Shannon Sharpe and Tee Morant, father of Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies, are separated by security and referees after a verbal altercation between Sharp and Morant during the halftime against the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on January 20, 2023 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. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Shannon Sharpe apologized for his behavior during Friday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies:

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“I take full accountability for what transpired. I was wrong.”@ShannonSharpe apologizes & addresses his altercation at the Lakers-Grizzlies game: pic.twitter.com/RNFBydr5A6

“It does not matter what Dillon Brooks said or how many times he said it,” Sharpe said Monday on Undisputed. “Me being the responsible person, me having the platform that I have and having so many people look up to me, I was wrong. I should have lowered the temperature in the arena. Instead I turned the temperature up and I let it get out of hand.”

He specifically apologized to Brooks, Ja Morant, LeBron James and the Lakers organization among others.

Sharpe was involved in an altercation during the game while sitting courtside, involving several Grizzlies players as well as Morant’s father, Tee Morant:

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Shannon Sharpe and the Grizzlies shared words during Grizzlies-Lakers. pic.twitter.com/ziOPY5Z8ZN

The former NFL star returned to his seat for the second half of the game as the Lakers earned a 122-121 victory.

Sharpe explained the situation to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin after the initial incident:

“They didn’t want this smoke, Dave. They do all 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, ‘F— me.’ I said, ‘F— 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.”

Brooks didn’t want to discuss the incident after the game, calling Sharpe a “blogger.”

James defended the Fox Sports personality despite the in-game scuffle.

Sharpe reconciled with Tee Morant later in the game, and he’s now apologizing for his actions three days later.


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