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Shannon Sharpe is RESTRAINED by security in LA after on-court confrontation with Grizzlies stars

Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, 54, is RESTRAINED by security in LA over on-court confrontation with Grizzlies stars Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks and Steven Adams… but says Memphis teammates ‘didn’t want this smoke’

  • FS1 host and retired NFL star Shannon Sharpe confronted Grizzlies players in LA
  • The incident took place at halftime of Friday’s Grizzlies-Lakers game 
  • Sharpe claimed the incident started after he began deriding Dillon Brooks
  • Brooks’ 6-foot-11 teammate Steven Adams stepped in, as did star Ja Morant 
  • The two sides were separated, but Sharpe claimed they ‘didn’t want this smoke’ 
  • Sharpe was back in his courtside seat at Crypto.com Arena in the second half 
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FS1 host and former NFL player Shannon Sharpe had to be restrained by security at Friday’s Lakers-Grizzlies game in Los Angeles after a verbal confrontation with Memphis players at halftime.

Sharpe was seen chirping with Grizzlies veteran Dillon Brooks as players headed toward the locker rooms. Memphis center Steven Adams appeared to take offense and confronted the 54-year-old Sharpe, who refused to back down. Meanwhile, Grizzlies staffers tried in vain to hold back the 6-foot-11, 265-pound Adams.

Even Grizzlies star Ja Morant and his father, Tee, were involved in the incident. 

‘They didn’t want this smoke,’ Sharpe told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin before returning to his seat for the third quarter. ‘They do all that talking and jockeying and I ain’t about that jockeying.’

FS1 host and former NFL player Shannon Sharpe had to be restrained by security at Friday’s Lakers-Grizzlies game in LA after a verbal confrontation with Memphis players at halftime

Sharpe was seen chirping with Grizzlies veteran Dillon Brooks as players headed toward the locker rooms. Memphis center Steven Adams appeared to take offense and confronted the 54-year-old Sharpe, who refused to back down

Sharpe was seen chirping with Grizzlies veteran Dillon Brooks as players headed toward the locker rooms. Memphis center Steven Adams appeared to take offense and confronted the 54-year-old Sharpe, who refused to back down

Sharpe blamed the incident on Brooks.

‘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 to problems. But I wanted anything they had. Don’t let these fools fool you now.’

Shannon Sharpe (circled) claimed Memphis players did not want to fight the 54-year-old former NFL tight end

Grizzlies center Steven Adams walks away alongside teammate Ja Morant after the altercation

Shannon Sharpe (circled) claimed Memphis players did not want to fight the 54-year-old former NFL tight end. (Right) Grizzlies center Steven Adams walks away alongside teammate Ja Morant after the altercation

Sharpe (circled) blamed the incident on Brooks. 'It started with Dillon Brooks. I said he was too small to guard LeBron. He said, ''F***'' me. I said, ''F***'' you back'

Sharpe (circled) blamed the incident on Brooks. ‘It started with Dillon Brooks. I said he was too small to guard LeBron. He said, ”F***” me. I said, ”F***” you back’

Sharpe says he told Dillon Brooks (right) that he's too small, at 6-foot-7, to guard the 6-foot-9 LeBron James (left), which allegedly ignited the confrontation in LA on Friday night

Sharpe says he told Dillon Brooks (right) that he’s too small, at 6-foot-7, to guard the 6-foot-9 LeBron James (left), which allegedly ignited the confrontation in LA on Friday night

Tee Morant, the father of Grizzlies star, Ja, said there is no issue between him and Sharpe

Tee Morant, the father of Grizzlies star, Ja, said there is no issue between him and Sharpe

ESPN announcer and former NBA star Mark Jackson described the incident as the broadcast returned from halftime.

‘Steven Adams comes over to protect his guy, along with his supporting cast,’ Jackson said. ‘Then, Shannon Sharpe, still talking. And Tee Morant, Ja Morant’s dad, comes over. [I] had a opportunity to talk to Tee Morant. He said: ‘My blood pressure didn’t go up a bit. Nothing but love and respect for Shannon Sharpe.’

‘Just a bunch of guys talking a bunch of trash.’

Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen added: ‘Just silly for it to get like that here.’

There is some history between Sharpe and the Grizzlies, stemming from comments the Pro Football Hall of Famer made about the younger Morant on his FS1 show, ‘Undisputed.’

‘The last time the Grizz made a Western Conference Finals, Ja Morant was 13,’ Sharpe said last month. ‘Did I miss something… Bruh, y’all not good. Y’all not like that. Y’all ain’t got Shaq, don’t got Kobe, you don’t got a Tim Duncan.’



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