Friday night, things got way heated between the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.
And while the Grizzlies being tangled up in an altercation should come as no surprise by now, the curious note about this dispute is that it wasn’t against a player from the rival team.
Instead, the Grizzlies — including Ja Morant‘s father, Tee — wanted a piece of NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, a bonafide Lakers fan sitting courtside.
Apparently, Sharpe told Dillon Brooks that he was too small to guard LeBron, which prompted the Grizzlies guard to curse him out.
Sharpe cursed him back, and the Grizzlies immediately left the court to try and get into Sharpe’s face.
Even though some find it hilarious, this was a borderline pathetic incident by everybody involved.
That’s why Sharpe took some time to apologize for his behavior, taking accountability and acknowledging that he should’ve known better than that.
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“It does not matter what Dillon Brooks said or how many times he said it. Me, being a responsible person, me, having a platform that I have, and having so many people look up to me, I was wrong,” Sharpe said. “I should have lowered the temperature in the arena, instead, I turned the temperature up. And I let it go out of hand.”
Notably, even if Brooks was right about Sharpe and the fact that he shouldn’t have been allowed back into his seat because he’s just a regular person, then he should’ve also known better than to engage with a fan sitting courtside.
Also, as wrong as Sharpe was for that, Ja Morant’s father should also apologize for trying to fight him like two guys at their children’s varsity game that had one too many.
The Grizzlies are going from ‘gritty and competitive’ to a dislikeable team at an impressively fast rate, and maybe they should focus on going deep into the playoffs before acting so tough.
As for Sharpe, props to him for apologizing, but fighting an actual NBA player over LeBron James was borderline crazy.