'It's just very woman-like': Marcus Morris rips Jae Crowder with offensive comments

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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. 

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After the game, Morris ripped Crowder with some sexist commentary, calling the Grizzlies player soft and that he plays "very woman-like." 

"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." 

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. 

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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