D’Angelo Russell has found himself in quite a bit of hot water. Last week, he recorded a private conversation with Nick Young regarding some of Nick’s “extracurricular activities.” The recording was somehow posted on the internet. Debates on social media were hotly contested with some believing the video to be Nick’s fault and while others thought D’angelo’s immaturity was to blame. Nick told the media it’s something he and D’angelo need to handle behind closed doors. D’angelo took the time to publicly apologize to Nick.
“I reached out to [Young], let him know my apologies,” Russell said. “I don’t know if they were accepted. I wouldn’t blame him.”
When the rookie was asked about how this affected the locker room he said:
“If I’ve lost anyone’s trust, I’m going to work my tail off to get it back,” Russell said. “It’s something you need [to be] a winning team.”
It just seems like more bad news for an already terrible Laker season. The Lakers are currently 15-59 with D’angelo averaging 13.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds over 27.5 minutes in 72 games this season. Byron Scott believes D’Angelo is entrenched as part of the team so, outside of a few “freeze outs” from his teammates, D’Angelo’s place as a Laker is likely secure. Whether his teammates will trust him in the future, however, is anyone’s guess.
SOURCE: ESPN | PHOTO: Getty