LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Lakers Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson were accused Monday of making vulgar gestures at two women in the Hollywood area Sunday night.
Alexis Jones, an activist working to curb abuses by athletes, said a Jeep with four men pulled up next to her and her mom at a red light at La Brea Avenue and Melrose Avenue and “started yelling and making the most disgustingly vulgar gestures” in their direction, according to an account of the events she posted on Instagram.
“I rarely ‘rant’ about things but this is the f%+#ing problem and the reason I’ve now dedicated my life to educating young men about respect, not just for women but for everyone,” she said in the Instagram post. “I’m angry. I’m insulted. I’m hurt. They were laughing hysterically until they realized I was filming them and immediately they panicked like the cowards they are.”
(***PLEASE NOTE… I never could have imagined the reaction this post would cause or the thousands of inhumane comments and death threats I would receive because of it. The only reason I'm not deleting it altogether is because THIS perfectly epitomizes why less than 20% of women EVER speak up and report ANYTHING. Because the victim shaming and hateful backlash is usually worse than even the initial incident. I'm grateful for moments like these to root the work I do into something so painfully personal. The comments below contain highly vulgar and inappropriate language. Please remember that people who spread hate like this are in pain and they more than anyone, need our love. Adversity only makes us stronger in our convictions and I'm grateful for this moment to remind me why the work I do is so important.)———————————————— I pray these pics go viral because THIS is the problem with little boys. Five minutes ago, at the intersection of Melrose and La Bre here in LA, a jeep of four boys pulled up at a red light and started yelling and making the most disgustingly vulgar gestures at my mom and me. I rarely "rant" about things but this is the f%+#ing problem and the reason I've now dedicated my life to educating young men about respect, not just for women but for everyone. I'm angry. I'm insulted. I'm hurt. They were laughing hysterically until they realized I was filming them and immediately they panicked like the cowards they are. Thank you to all the real men out there who would never treat a mother and daughter that way… Speaking of, I'd love for this to make it back to their mothers!!! Help me find who these guys are!!! Let's see the power of social media and hold them accountable. I'd LOVE to have a candid conversation with them about sexual harassment not simply to shame them, but to understand their mentality so we can better educate young men to be respectful in the future. #littleboys #cowards #realmenrespectwomen #messedwiththewrongchick #wewillfindyou
Jones asked her Instagram followers to help her identify the men in the Instagram photo. Her followers quickly pointed out that they appeared to be Clarkson and Young.
Jones co-founded nonprofit I Am That Girl and told ESPN that just a few days ago she was having discussions with NBA officials about enacting a program called ProtectHer to address sexual abuse by athletes.
Jones told ESPN that she received a call ataround 8:30 a.m. Monday from Lakers John Black, who she said apologized on behalf of the Lakers.
Black told ESPN the Lakers take the allegations “very seriously” and that the organization was looking further into the claims. He also said Lakers head coach Byron Scott was aware of the situation and was addressing it with the two players.
The players had not publicly addressed the accusations on Monday night.