As if the Lakers dumpster fire needed some more gasoline thrown on it.
According to ESPN, the team is isolating rookie D’Angelo Russell following the release of a video, which he reportedly taped, that captures teammate Nick Young admitting to cheating on fiancée Iggy Azalea.
Russell is overheard in the video, which surfaced on social media last week, asking Young whether he has been with other women, including rumored Odell Beckham Jr. squeeze Amber Rose. In the damning chat, Young talks about a 19-year-old he met at a club last summer.
“You was 30 and she was 19?” Russell asks.
“What about Amber Rose, you never tried,” Russell quizzes.
“No, she knows my girl,” Young says of Azalea.
It appears Young did not know he was being filmed, seemingly shocked after Russell says in later footage, “I’m glad you told my video all that.”
“Huh?” Young said.
Azalea was quick to respond on social media, thanking Russell for the “intel” on Young.
“hmmm i see D Angelo Russell is trending… I actually liked his film. Thanks bro,” Azalea tweeted.
hmmm i see D Angelo Russell is trending… I actually liked his film. Thanks bro.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 30, 2016
As the Lakers continue to spiral in Kobe Bryant’s final season, which included a catastrophic 123-75 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday, team morale is at an epic low.
“It’s bad,” a team insider told ESPN.com. “It’s about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there’s no trust.”
During a recent team meal, Russell reportedly sat alone as no teammate would eat with him.
Though sources close to the situation dub the video “a prank gone wrong” and “a mistake by [Russell],” re-establishing relationships with teammates may prove troubling for the 20-year-old first-round draft pick.
“He has to be held accountable, but I would hope he isn’t overly criticized for it,” the source added.
Young and the Australian pop star got engaged last summer, but had postponed their wedding date.
“It was going to happen at the end of the year, but now I have to go to work so we’ll probably have to wait until the end of the next basketball season to do that,” Azalea told Ryan Seacrest on March 18. “So that kind of is a bit sucky, but it’s all right.”
Those wedding plans now appear to be in danger.
Russell was the No. 2 pick out of Ohio State in last year’s draft, and has shown moments of brilliance amid inconsistency. Coach Byron Scott has seemingly prioritized bowing to Bryant’s farewell tour over the development of Russell and fellow young stud Julius Randle.