According to ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Lakers have major problems in the locker room. Rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell secretly videotaped Nick Young, while asking questions about personal infidelities. Late Tuesday night, sources close to the Lakers organization revealed a rift between the players and Russell.
Some teammates have zero trust in Russell, and the relationships have eroded rapidly. He taped the private conversation, and didn’t let Young know until it was over. However, there’s still a question about how the video got out.
Reportedly, a celebrity gossip site released the video on Twitter last week. Russell was asking Young about his dalliances with other women, and he offered up a vague response about one night after the club. There were no dates given, but Young has been engaged to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea since the summer of 2015.
Here are the contents of the video-
“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.
When the Lakers lost to the Utah Jazz on Monday, there were questions why they didn’t compete. The Jazz crushed the Lakers in a 48-point defeat, giving Kobe Bryant his worst loss of his career. It was also the worst loss in Lakers’ history. ESPN states tension was a major factor in the lackluster effort.
The Lakers front office is handling the situation by “isolating” Russell, according to one source. Another insider thinks the video was a prank that went awry, according to Fox Sports.
“This was a prank gone wrong and a mistake by Russell, and he has to be held accountable, but I hope he isn’t overly criticized for it.”
Too late. During a recent team breakfast, not one Laker would sit with Russell at the table. In another instance, Russell sat next to guard Lou Williams in the locker room, and he immediately got up and walked away.
According to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, “It’s about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there’s no trust.”
Will Russell ever be trusted again? ESPN’s First Take co-host Stephen A. Smith doesn’t believe Russell can ever be trusted. However, he took it one step further. During his interview on Mike & Mike, Smith took a shot at the Lakers front office. Basically, they don’t have the leadership to handle this delicate situation.
With only eight games left, the Lakers are in more shambles than they were at the start of the season. Kobe Bryant is getting out right on time.