Inside the locker room of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team’s future hope, star rookie D’Angelo Russell, has reportedly been shunned due to video he took of teammate Nick Young talking about cheating on his fiancee, rapper Iggy Azalea.
It’s the kind of bombshell that can permanently fracture a locker room and it isn’t clear just yet how the Lakers will solve their problem named D’Angelo. For now, they’re going with something straight out of junior high school: he’s eating breakfast alone at meetings and discovering that no teammate will sit next to him.
One of the more aggrieved parties in the situation, one would think, is Azalea, but you couldn’t tell exactly what she was feeling from her early-morning tweet about the matter.
hmmm i see D Angelo Russell is trending… I actually liked his film. Thanks bro.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) March 30, 2016
Azalea, who recently postponed wedding plans because of what she said were tour issues, talked recently about cheating rumors.
“Hey, that’s part of being a basketball player. There’s always something,” she said recently on 92.3 radio’s “Shoboy in the Morning” show (via ET.com). “When people come out and say things and have their entire press routine, where they’re like, ‘Now I’m going to do 700 interviews about the one time you cat-called me out of a car supposedly,’ to me that takes a bit of the potential authenticity of the story away.
“I believe my man, and Nick is a super nice guy. It’s just not really the kind of thing he would do.”
Maybe not, but the little video shot by Russell, who is all of 20, has made for an uncomfortable Lakers locker room. Just what was he thinking?
The whole thing was a “Snapchat-based snafu,” Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding reports. Russell thought he could post the video and take it down immediately without anyone seeing it. He and Young had been “trying to prank each other,” according to Ding, and this backfired. You’d think Russell would understand social media better, but clearly he does not.
“It’s bad,” an unnamed source told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, describing the team vibe. “It’s about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there’s no trust.”
On Wednesday, Russell was the last player on the floor at the team’s shootaround and said he would not address the media. “Nope, nothing to talk about.” He and Young are expected to speak to reporters before the Lakers’ game Wednesday night.