Lakers Video: Shannon Sharpe Gets In Altercation With Grizzlies & Tee Morant Although Cooler Heads Prevail
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Friday night’s contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies turned into an extremely exciting contest down the stretch. But well before then there was some buzz in the arena surrounding an altercation between NFL Hall of Famer and noted LeBron James fan Shannon Sharpe, and members of the Grizzlies team as well as Tee Morant, father of Grizzlies star Ja Morant.

Just as the teams were headed into the locker room for halftime, Sharpe and Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks traded barbs, which led to some Grizzlies and Tee Morant going over to Sharpe’s courtside seat and security needing to step in between them, via Mirjam Swanson of the Southern California News Group:

In the immediate aftermath, Sharpe was still fired up and gave his account of the situation to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:

As a former athlete and noted trash-talker, Sharpe has never been one to hold his tongue. Brooks is also the Grizzlies’ top agitator and has never been one to hold his tongue so the two going back and forth is no surprise. Of course you never want things to escalate, but Sharpe was clearly not afraid.

A little later on, Tee Morant would tell TNT reporter Chris Haynes that everything was just fine between he and Sharpe:

And just to ensure things were all good, Sharpe and Morant hugged it out in between the third and fourth quarters, via Nikki Kay of Spectrum SportsNet:

It was good to see cooler heads ultimately prevailing as things should never get that serious between courtside fans, and in the end, it was all love from everybody, expect Brooks who continued to talk spicy after the game:

Naturally though, James sided with Sharpe when asked about it postgame

“I ride with Shannon 365 days, ‘66 on a leap year. So, that’s my guy. I always got his back and he’s got mine. He can talk with the best of ‘em,” James said.

Lakers complete comeback, snap Grizzlies 11-game win streak

And the most important thing for the Lakers is that came away with a huge one-point win over the Grizzlies who had won 11 consecutive games. Despite trailing by as many as 13, the Lakers would fight back to come away with a huge victory.

The game-winning points came courtesy of Dennis Schroder, who stripped Desmond Bane and converted a three-point play to put the Lakers ahead for good in the final seconds.

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