“League Is Too Soft Now”: NBA Fans Are Sick and Tired as “Whack” Beef Amid NFL Veteran and Ja Morant’s Father Ends Up Failing Expectations

Published 01/21/2023, 5:50 AM EST
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It is not very often that one witnesses an ugly fight between the players and the spectators. However, at Friday night’s game, NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, who was sitting courtside, engaged in a nasty altercation during the halftime buzzer. The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Memphis Grizzlies at the Crypto.com arena, and that’s when Sharpe and several Grizzlies players engaged in a heated argument after Fox analyst and Ja Morant’s father, Tee Morant, were seen shouting at each other in the courtside. Following the breakout, the duo engaged again after the third quarter but for a different reason, leaving the NBA Twitter in a meltdown.

The NFL star Shannon Sharpe doesn’t walk away from arguments and debates, as his TV career stands as proof. Recently he took a dig at the Lakers star, LeBron James over his upcoming NBA record. He said, “I don’t like accomplishments and I don’t feel right when it comes to a losing record.”

NBA fans erupt after the Shannon Sharpe – Tee Morant trash talk


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After the halftime nasty trash talk, Shannon Sharpe and Tee Morant were hugging it out after the third quarter. Dave McMenamin, an ESPN reporter shared the images of the duo hugging with a tweet, Cooler heads have prevailed for Shannon Sharpe and Tee Morant. They shared an embrace at the end of the third quarter.” 

While the reason behind the halftime altercation has still not been revealed, as per the available visuals, Tee Morant and Grizzlies star Steve Adams was seen shouting at Sharpe after the second quarter. The staff and authorities barged into the scene to separate the duo. However, McMenamin further tweeted Tee Morant’s statement after the game. He said, “Shannon didn’t do anything. Hey, he was doing like we do in South Carolina: We talk our s—. … South Carolina, stand up!”


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Even though the duo cooled after the argument, fans took to Twitter and flooded it with varied reactions to the incident. One user disappointed with the cool-off said, “Back in the 90s they wouldn’t have shook hands. League is too soft now.” Another user found the whole incident,” Whack.” Following are some reactions from the NBA Twitter.


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Though the fans expected the beef to stay longer, the duo ended the fight before game time.

Sharpe’s side of the story

While the triggering factor is unclear, Sharpe issued a brief statement on his side of the story to McMenamin. He said, “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.


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Shahul Hameed

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has previously worked as a contributor at an online news site. Shahul has always shared a keen interest in journalism, starting off as a reporter for his college news journal.

Edited By: Jayant Chhabra