I’ve talked to a few players separately just to get their input on how to go about it. At this point, the damage has been done. The best thing you can do is own up to it. That’s what I did. I owned up to it in full effect and am just taking what comes with it.
David Rosenthal, CBS Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Lakers guards D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young made headlines for all the wrong reasons this week.
Here’s some background on the saga.
A video surfaced of Russell filming a conversation where Young was allegedly discussing cheating on his fiance, Iggy Azalea, and that reportedly “isolated” Russell from the rest of his teammates.
Multiple sources reported that teammates had shut him out and were even refusing to pass him the ball on the court after the video surfaced.
Russell said he has no idea how the video came out but that is he truly sorry for all the attention it has drawn, as well as all the drama it has caused in Young’s life.
Before Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, both players addressed the media.
Young went first, and was brief, to say the least, simply saying:
“I don’t want to get into my personal life right now. … I think it’s best me and D’Angelo have to handle the situation we have in a private matter, outside the media.”
Young was extremely quiet and concise during his address. It is a personal issue and should be worked out between only the parties involved, but at least have the class to apologize to your fiance.
Even if she is one of the worst rappers of all time, no one deserves that.
Russell, the 20-year old second overall draft pick, handled the situation like a tenured NBA veteran.
Here are some excerpts from the young man’s comments:
I feel as sick as possible. I’ve been asked that question 110 times and my answer, my feelings, stay the same. I wish I could make things better right away, but I can’t.
I know if I’ve lost anybody’s trust I’m going to work my tail off to gain it back because that’s something you need for a winning team. You need everybody to trust each other. You need the first guy to trust the 15th guy and that’s been my intentions.