If the newly acquired Los Angeles Laker Larry Nance Jr. just happens to get traded before the start of the 2015-2016 NBA season, no need to guess as to why.
The son of the former Cleveland Cavaliers star Larry Nance was drafted late in the first round of yesterday’s NBA draft but he was also ordered to delete a May 1, 2012 tweet that called his new legendary teammate Kobe Bryant a “rapist.”
The slander was in direct reference to Bryant’s darkest moment in his NBA career when he was accused of raping a woman while at rehabilitation center in Eagle, Colorado during the summer of 2003. The case was settled out of court but tarnished the superstar’s reputation as it he had to admit to his adulterous ways, and later blamed himself for the emotional distress that his wife endured, causing her to miscarriage.
“I’ve spoken to Larry Nance Jr. with John Black, our public relations director,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said during the draft night, according to ESPN. “Really, I’m not in a position to really share information. But it is something that they will have to discuss amongst the two of them. My understanding is that it’s something that happened years ago, and in today’s world, things don’t go away, which really doesn’t make it any less offensive because it was said three, four years ago.”
The full tweet read: “Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time #rapist.”
If Larry Nance Jr. does remain in L.A., he’ll likely build some muscle from all the bag carrying he’ll be doing.