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Shannon Sharpe, Ja Morant’s dad separated in heated exchange at Lakers-Grizzlies halftime, later hug it out

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You never know what you’ll see at a Lakers game in Los Angeles. Celebrities around the court are a common sight, and they sometimes play pranks (friendly or not) with the players during the game. It’s usually competitive, but things can get out of control from time to time.

That’s exactly what happened just after the break during the Lakers’ 122-121 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Crypto.com Arena on Friday, when Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end and Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharp stepped into the a fierce exchange with several members of the Grizzlies.

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It all seemed to start when Memphis forward Dillon Brooks spoke to Sharpe on the way to the locker room. Sharpe didn’t like it and motioned for Brooks to come over to him. Grizzlies center Steven Adams then made his way towards Sharpe as a crowd of players and guards began to form. They were eventually joined by Ty Morant, the father of Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, and Sharpe turned his attention to him when they were separated.

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According to ESPN’s Mark Jackson, Ty Morant said his “blood pressure didn’t go up a bit – nothing but love and respect for Shannon Sharp.”

“They didn’t want that smoke,” Sharpe told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin at halftime. “They’re all this talking and juggling, and I’m not talking about that juggling. It started with Dillon Brooks. I said he was too small to guard LeBron. I said ‘F—-‘ you in response. He started coming up to me and I said, “You don’t need these problems.” And then Jah appeared out of nowhere and was talking. He definitely didn’t want these problems. Then dad came and clearly did not want any problems. But I wanted everything they had. Don’t let these fools fool you now.”

The more cold-blooded seemed to prevail as Sharpe took his place in the second half. Sharpe and Ty Morant were later seen embracing at the end of the third quarter.

Brooks responded after the game, saying that Sharpe should not have been allowed to remain in the arena after an argument.

Lakers superstar LeBron James expressed support for Sharp after the win.

“I run with Shannon 365 days, 366 in leap years, 24/7. This is my boyfriend,” James said. “I will always support him. He can talk to the best of them, that’s for sure.”

Sharpe, speaking on his Fox Sports “Undisputed” show on Monday morning, apologized for his behavior on Friday night.

“I take full responsibility for what happened. It doesn’t matter what Dillon Brooks said or how many times he said it.” Sharp said. “I am a responsible person, I have a platform that I have, and with so many people looking at me, I was wrong. I had to lower the temperature in the arena. out of hand.”



Source: www.cbssports.com

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