At Giorgio Baldi, an upscale Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, took an unexpected twist for former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe. Engaged in a conversation about Team USA Basketball with a paparazzo, a sudden appearance by singer and actress Selena Gomez shifted the spotlight entirely.
While Sharpe eagerly discussed his views, Gomez’s exit from the eatery momentarily upstaged the sports icon. The 55-year-old Sharpe, in a gesture of respect or perhaps jest, slightly bowed his head as the “Hollywood royalty” walked past. Gomez, seemingly engrossed, didn’t seem to acknowledge Sharpe’s presence.
An Interrupted Chat and Apology
The paparazzo’s abrupt shift of attention did not deter Sharpe. Although his conversation was cut short when Gomez, the former Disney Channel star, made her exit, he took it in stride. Following a brief pause and Gomez’s departure, the discussion resumed. Recognizing the oversight, the paparazzo extended an apology to Sharpe. The new face at ESPN graciously replied, “No, bro. You’re good.”
While waiting for his BMW from the valet, Sharpe didn’t miss a chance to emphasize his stance on Team USA Basketball. He cautioned, “It’s not ’92 anymore. The world of basketball has evolved. Sending our non-top NBA players against teams that have trained together for years is no longer a guaranteed win.”
Sharpe’s New Endeavors and Gomez’s Star Power
Recently joining ESPN, Sharpe has started collaborating with Stephen A. Smith, appearing on shows every Monday and Tuesday for the 2023 NFL season. His fame is undoubtedly notable in Los Angeles. Yet, even a prominent figure like Sharpe can momentarily be eclipsed by the allure of Selena Gomez in the City of Angels.
Gomez continues to dazzle, whether on the silver screen or while attending an MLS game to cheer for Lionel Messi.