Some Los Angeles Lakers players are upset with rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell for recording a private conversation between himself and forward Nick Young, ESPN’s Baxter Holmes and Marc Stein report.
In the video Russell asks Young, who does not seem aware that he is being filmed, about having relationships with other women. Young is engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea.
The video was leaked to a celebrity gossip site last week. Though it is unknown how the site obtained the video, it has caused tension among Lakers players, according to ESPN.
“It’s bad,” a team source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “It’s about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there’s no trust.”
Another ESPN source said that the Lakers are handling the situation by ”isolating” Russell, and that at a recent meeting the players refused to sit at the same table with him. When Russell tried to sit next to teammate Lou Williams in the locker room, Williams stood up and left, the source said.
Russell, 20, was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
Russell is averaging 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 72 games this season, including 40 starts.