Shannon Sharpe chose a court battle with the Grizzlies to defend LeBron James

A bizarre scene unfolded at halftime of the Memphis Grizzlies’ Los Angeles Lakers game on Friday night when FS1 talking head (and former NFL wide receiver) Shannon Sharpe got into a shouting match on the field with Grizzlies players and Tee Morant, the father of Memphis -star Yes. Morant. Security and the referees eventually broke up the altercation and Sharpe returned to his seat after the break.

It’s not every day you see a TV sports commentator start a game with an entire NBA team, but apparently that’s what happened. The incident started after Sharpe said he told Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks he was too small to guard Lakers star LeBron James. Suddenly, Morant’s father got involved, and Sharpe had to be separated from angry Grizzlies players.

Here is video of the incident captured by TV cameras:

Yes Morant too told Sharpe to “sit down” just before halftime. Here’s video of the scene from inside the arena, detailed by reporters covering the game:

Sharpe explained his side of the story to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. It sure sounds like Sharpe picked a fight with the Grizzlies to defend LeBron. Sharpe is known for his LeBron fandom on his TV show “Undisputed” – where he debates sports topics alongside longtime James critic Skip Bayless.

Here’s Sharpe’s full, incredible quote about what started the Grizzlies shouting match:

This is how the beat reporters at the arena first described what happened:

Grizzlies never back down from a verbal challenge. Sharpe never hesitates to defend James’ honor. This scene is so strange to both sides that it is comical.

We’ll update this story as it develops.

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