NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe has broken his silence after going his clash with Memphis Grizzlies players during their 122-121 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers went viral.

It all kicked off after Sharpe, who was sitting on the sideline, told Brooks that he was “too small to guard LeBron [James].”


Sharpe was led off the court at Arena by security[/caption]


He issued a lengthy on-air apology on Monday[/caption]

The tension between Sharpe and both Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant quickly rose, with Grizzlies center Steven Adams also rushing over to back his teammates up.

Morant’s dad, Tee, then weighed in, with game officials and security having to hold everyone apart.

Sharpe was subsequently escorted off the court by security and the melee dissipated.

With the dust now settled, on Monday morning the Undisputed host took a second on his show to address the elephant in the room.

Sharpe began: “As you probably have heard or have seen, Friday night at the Lakers game, I want to apologize for my behavior.

“You know guys, I’ve preached for the last six and a half years, responsibility and accountability. And I take full responsibility for what transpired.

“It does not matter what Dillon Brooks said or how many times he said it. Me being the responsible person, me having the platform that I have, and having so many people look up to me, I was wrong.

“I should have lowered the temperature in the arena, instead, I turned the temperature up and I let it get out of hand.”

Sharpe then spent almost two minutes wholeheartedly apologizing to everyone he felt he’d negatively impacted through his actions – including both Brooks and Morant.

He began by apologizing to the Lakers organization and their owner, Jeanie Buss “for any harm or unwanted attention that I brought to your organization.”

Next up were the fans both in-house and at home watching on, acknowledging that “that’s not what you paid for and that’s not what you tuned in to watch.”

The Grizzlies organization and fans were also on the list before he dialed in on the main protagonists in it all.

He said: “[Brooks] is a fierce competitor and seeing him up close I get a sense of why he is what he is and how he’s wired the way he’s wired.

“Bruh I apologize. I wish you the best of luck through the rest of the season, and continued success.

“Ja it was a privilege and an honor to watch you up close and personal.”

Sharpe also complimented Morant on his ability to elevate and lead, calling him “unbelievable and extremely impressive.”

He also singled out his stylist, Hollywood, who he said “had an impeccable record before you took me on as a client and I want to apologize for my behavior because you were in attendance, and if I caused any smudge on your resume I’m deeply sorry for that.”

This followed a public shoutout to Hollywood on his Twitter page both before and after his televised apology.

The first saw him share an image of him courtside on Friday alongside a screenshot of the fetching blue cardigan he’d been wearing, while the latter was a glamour shot from Monday with the caption “What’s understood doesn’t need to be said.”

Sharpe wasn’t done apologizing just yet, however, with LeBron next on his lengthy list.

He said: “Y’all know how I feel about him (James), and he has supported me through thick and thin.

“And bruh I’m sorry that I put you in this situation that you had to support me in something like this.”

Finally, he apologized to his loved ones.

Sharpe said: “I want to apologize to my brother, my sister, my mom, my kids, and my grandson because one day you’re gonna be old enough and you’re gonna see what transpired in that arena.”

It may not have been the finest moment in the three-time Super Bowl-winning tight end’s career, but his sincere and eloquent apology should surely help bring this ugly incident to a close.


Sharpe is a well-known Lakers fan[/caption]

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He and Tee later reconciled[/caption]

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