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Tempers flared in the final minute of the Memphis Grizzlies' big win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
With time winding down in a 126-101 Grizzlies victory Wednesday night, Memphis forward Jae Crowder stole the ball then launched a 3-pointer from the corner. Knicks guard Elfrid Payton took exception to Crowder's try, leveling the Grizzlies veteran. Crowder was not pleased, jumping up and setting off a scuffle that brought the two teams together.
Payton was ejected for picking up a flagrant 2 foul for the act, while Crowder and Knicks forward Marcus Morris were tossed for their roles in the scuffle.
After the game, Morris ripped Crowder with some sexist commentary, calling the Grizzlies player soft and that he plays "very woman-like."
Elfrid Payton shoved Jae Crowder near the end of the game, leading to a scuffle at MSG.pic.twitter.com/1gbOt4ZA1v— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) January 30, 2020
"He play the game in a different way. A lot of female tendencies on the court. Flopping and throwing his head back the entire game. It's a man's game and you just get tired of it," Morris said.
"At the end that was very unprofessional. They're winning the game, that's a good team. You know, he does stuff like that."
Morris said he was actually cool with Crowder stealing the ball, but took issue with the 3-point attempt, perceiving it as rubbing it in.
"It's soft. His game is soft. He's soft. It's how he carries himself. It's just very woman-like."
"He's got a lot of female tendencies on the court, flopping and throwing his head back...he's soft, very woman-like"
- Marcus Morris on Jae Crowder pic.twitter.com/MxtFnKbu3M— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) January 30, 2020
Morris later took to Twitter to apologize for some of his comments.
"I apologize for using the term 'female tendencies' I have the upmost respect for women and everything they mean to us. It was a Heat of the moment response and I never intended for any Women to feel as though in anyway I’m disrespecting them. Again I apologize for my comments," Morris wrote.
I apologize for using the term “female tendencies” I have the upmost respect for women and everything they mean to us. It was a Heat of the moment response and I never intended for any Women to feel as though in anyway I’m disrespecting them. Again I apologize with my comments.— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) January 30, 2020
Crowder finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes for the Grizzlies (24-24). Morris finished with 17 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes as the Knicks fell to 13-36.
Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'It's just very woman-like': Marcus Morris rips Jae Crowder with offensive comments
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