D’Angelo Russell‘s rookie year hasn’t been going as planned. While the 2nd pick of the 2015 NBA Draft recently started to get busy on the court, secretly recording a conversation with an engaged Swaggy P allegedly about bagging women not name Iggy Azalea has made his teammates “isolate” him.
Sources told ESPN.com that some teammates’ trust in Russell is eroding after a video surfaced in the past week that shows Russell recording a private conversation between himself and teammate Nick Young. Young does not appear to realize he is being taped.
The video, which is believed to have come to light last week via the Twitter account of a celebrity gossip site, shows Russell filming Young while asking questions about Young being with other women. Young got engaged to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea last summer.
While it’s unclear how the video became public, sources say the resulting tension in the Lakers’ locker room in recent days was among the factors that contributed to L.A.’s limp showing in Salt Lake City on Monday night, when they absorbed a 48-point pounding from the Utah Jazz. The loss was the Lakers’ worst in franchise history.
Various Lakers officials are aware of the issue and are dismayed with Russell, sources say, but to this point they have chosen not to intervene.
“Right now,” one source said, “they’re handling it by isolating him.”
Russell just turned 20 in February, so this was clearly a childless prank gone wrong. Nevertheless, Lakers players have refused to set with him at breakfast with Lou Williams reportedly moving when Russell sat next to him in the locker room.
How about Russell and Nick Young shoot the fair one and the former promises never to dry snitch again? Speaking of Swaggy P, his fiancee took to Twitter to acknowledge she’s seen the video. Welp.
Check out the clip that caused this struggle below.
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