LOS ANGELES — FOX Sports personality and NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe had to be escorted from the Crypto.com Arena floor Friday night after an altercation with severalplayers.
The incident happened shortly after the halftime buzzer when Sharpe yelled at Ja Morant after the final possession of the first half. As Morant was walking off the court toward the locker room, he paused and walked in the direction of Sharpe at his courtside seat.
Before Morant could get any closer, teammate Steven Adams stepped in front of him and approached Sharpe.
Other team personnel, including Morant’s father Tee Morant, got involved as Crypto.com security separated the crowd.
“I bet you won’t!” Sharpe yelled at Tee Morant as the two were pulled away from each other.
Sharpe and Tee Morant are both back in their seats for the second half.
Tee Morant told TNT and Bleacher Report that things “are good” between him and Sharpe and dismissed the altercation as trash talk.
The sequence started when Dillon Brooks and LeBron James were battling for position while James was posting Brooks up in front of Sharpe’s seat. After the possession, Brooks looked in Sharpe’s direction, and the two had words.
The talking continued throughout the final Grizzlies possession before halftime, when Morant and Adams got involved.
“They do all that talking and jockeying and I ain’t about all that jockeying,” Sharpe said to ESPN.