Shannon Sharpe: Why can’t Phil Jackson just apologize to LeBron?

With LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers visiting Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, Knicks president Phil Jackson naturally was asked to comment on his controversial remarks from last month, when he referred to LeBron James and his associates as a “posse.”

Both LeBron and his business partner Maverick Carter strongly rebuked Jackson for his choice of words, but Jackson said Tuesday that he doesn't understand why everyone is so upset.

Via CBS Sports:

“The obvious thing is, the word itself carries connotation. And I just don't understand that part of it, the word. So I guess word choice could be something I could regret. … I don't think there was anybody hurt or harmed in this situation. I think LeBron's friend obviously had an issue with it.”

Jackson doesn’t even say he regrets the line, just that he “could” regret it one day, and finishes off his non-apology by stating that no one was harmed in the first place.

On Wednesday’s episode of “Undisputed,” Shannon Sharpe was shocked by Jackson’s comments and argued that he doesn’t have the right to determine whether LeBron was offended:

“After today, I really hope I’m done talking about Phil Jackson. I didn’t like the comments. I didn’t like them then, I like them even less now.

“Why can’t Phil just apologize? ‘I’m sorry,’ and move on.

“See, as the offender, you don’t get to tell the offended that he should or shouldn’t be offended by what you said. You don’t get to determine that. That’s not your call.”