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The Lakers drafted someone who once made a Kobe Bryant rape joke on Twitter

Kobe Bryant. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)
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The Los Angeles Lakers took Larry Nance Jr. out of Wyoming with the 27th overall pick of Thursday night’s NBA draft. The same Larry Nancy Jr. who once tweeted this about Kobe Bryant in 2012.

Sports Illustrated reports that Nance deleted the tweet minutes after he was chosen by the Lakers on Thursday night. And according to Greg Beacham of the Associated Press, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak already has spoken to Nance about it.

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“I’ve spoken to Larry Nance Jr., and I’m not in a position to really share information, but it is something that [Nance and Bryant] will have to discuss amongst the two of them,” Kupchak said. “My understanding, it’s something that happened years ago, and in today’s world, things don’t go away, which doesn’t make it any less offensive because it was said three or four years ago.”

Bryant faced sexual assault allegations after an incident at a Colorado hotel in 2003. The charges were dropped a year later and he settled a civil lawsuit with his accuser.

To be fair, Nance also has tweeted positive things Bryant since his his infamous tweet.