NBA star Nick Young Caught on Video Admitting To Cheating On Iggy With A 19-Year-Old Girl After The Club! pic.twitter.com/9ny9tDG0Mb
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ESPN The Los Angeles Lakers, sputtering to the end of Kobe Bryant’s farewell season with the worst record in franchise history, face a fresh crisis involving prized rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, according to team sources. Sources told ESPN.com that some teammates’ trust in Russell is eroding after a video surfaced in the past week that shows Russell recording a private conversation between himself and teammate Nick Young. Young does not appear to realize he is being taped. The video, which is believed to have come to light last week via the Twitter account of a celebrity gossip site, shows Russell filming Young while asking questions about Young being with other women. Young and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea announced their engagement last June. While it’s unclear how the video became public, sources say the resulting tension in the Lakers’ locker room in recent days was among the factors that contributed to L.A.’s limp showing in Salt Lake City on Monday night, when they absorbed a 48-point pounding from the Utah Jazz. The loss was the Lakers’ worst in franchise history. Various Lakers officials are aware of the issue and are dismayed with Russell, sources say, but to this point they have chosen not to intervene. “Right now,” one source said, “they’re handling it by isolating him.” Austin Brown, Russell’s agent from Creative Artists Agency, declined to comment when reached Tuesday. Said one team insider: “This was a prank gone wrong and a mistake by [Russell], and he has to be held accountable, but I would hope he isn’t overly criticized for it.” The emergence of the video, sources said, has been the talk of the locker room for the past several days and has led to a tangible strain between Russell and some teammates. At a recent breakfast meeting, one source said, no Laker would sit with Russell at his table. The source added that, in another instance, Russell came into the locker room and sat next to guard Lou Williams, who got up and walked away. “It’s bad,” one team source told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne. “It’s about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there’s no trust.” In the video, Russell asks Young at one point, “You was 30 and she was 19?” referencing Young’s age and the age of another woman that Young said that he met in a nightclub. “What about Amber Rose?” Russell later says, mentioning another celebrity. “No, she knows my girl,” Young is recorded as saying. Later in the conversation, while apparently still recording, Russell is heard telling Young, “I’m glad you told my video all that.” “Huh?” Young says, turning his face toward Russell before the video cuts off.
There are few unwritten rules in sports locker rooms which are known to be strictly enforced, and one of them is that you do not mess with another player’s relationship or girl under any circumstances, a rule which Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell broke by releasing this video in which his teammate Nick “Swaggy P” Young admits to cheating on his fiancée Iggy Azalea. Many professional athletes have women on the road, and some of these players are open to discussing these side women with their teammates in confidence, with the understanding that their teammates will never tell anyone let alone film the discussion and post the video on the Internet. Now the Los Angeles Lakers are refusing to speak with their prized rookie point guard for breaking the “teammate code” and the Lakers just suffered one of their worst losses in franchise history, with internal turmoil partly to blame, as their 2015-2016 season sputters to an end. The team must now attempt to rebuild the relationship between their rising star point guard D’Angelo Russell and his teammates, following this “prank”, nobody in the locker room is going to trust Russell.
UPDATE: Russell’s Wikipedia has been updated: