Elfrid Payton stands by shoving Jae Crowder: ‘Don’t disrespect the game like that’

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Marcus Morris embarrassed himself after the Knicks’ loss to the Grizzlies last night.

But he wasn’t the only New York player to do so.

Elfrid Payton started the in-game fight after Jae Crowder stole the ball then shot a 3-pointer late. Payton pushed down Crowder following the release.

Then, Payton doubled down post-game.

SNY:

Payton:

Standing on that. I’d a did it again. Didn’t matter who took that shot. Don’t disrespect the game like that.

Let me get this straight: Shooting the ball during a basketball game is disrespecting the game, but shoving someone is not? Right.

Did Crowder disrespect the Knicks? Absolutely. They can take umbrage with that.

But spare me the holier-than-though nonsense about disrespecting the game.