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Ex-NFL star Shannon Sharpe gets in shouting match with Grizzlies, Ja Morant’s father at Lakers game

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THE ANGEL — Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe had a heated pitch sideline with Memphis Grizzlies players Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks and Morant’s father late in the first half of Friday night in a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Fox Sports personality exchanged words with Brooks during the first half and then yelled at Morant about the second quarter’s final possession. After the buzzer sounded at halftime, Brooks yelled at Sharpe and Sharpe pointed at Brooks.

Morant approached Sharpe at his courtside seat before center Steven Adams stepped in front of him.

Tee Morant, Ja Morant’s father, also joined the conversation before security in the Crypto.com arena separated everyone.

Sharpe, 54, yelled “I bet you won’t!” at Tee Morant as security forces tried to break things up.

Sharpe and Tee Morant spoke to security in the arena tunnels before returning to their seats early in the second half. They hugged at the end of the third quarter.

Sharpe gave a brief interview to ESPN before the start of the second half.

“You didn’t want that smoke, Dave,” Sharpe told reporter Dave McMenamin. “They do all the talking and jockeys and I don’t care about that jockey. It started with Dillon Brooks. I said he was too small to guard LeBron. –‘ you back. He came up to me and I said, ‘You don’t want these problems.’ And then Ja came out of nowhere and said he definitely didn’t want these problems, then Dad came and he obviously didn’t want any problems.

“But I wanted everything they had. Now don’t let these fools fool you.”

Los Angeles eventually won the game 122-121 after a dramatic steal and free throws by Dennis Schrder with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

KABC-TV contributed to this report.

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