It’s been rough for Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell as of latest, following the video leak scandal of teammate Nick Young.
Last week, a video surfaced showing Young openly talking about cheating on fiancée Iggy Azalea… seemingly unaware that he was being recorded. And, the person recording it has been revealed as Russell.
While a team insider called it “a prank gone wrong”, his teammates didn’t feel that way… and ostracized him.
Russell sat before media on Wednesday (March 30)… and offered an apology. “I feel as sick as possible,” he said in a news conference before the team’s game against the Heat. “Been asked 110 times, and my answer and feeling stay same.”
Russell goes on to say that he feels like he put Young’s personal life in jeopardy, and feels terrible about it. “I’ve always been known as a guy that plays around a lot, and he has been, too. To be around somebody that’s similar, with the same similar characteristics, is different,” he explained. “He’s one of the guys that I’ve always talked to about anything, and I cherished our friendship. For me to have an incident like this come up and put it in jeopardy is not what I was intending to do.”
He says he’s apologized to Young for the incident, but doesn’t know “if they were accepted.”
Russell was booed by the home crowd when he was announced in Wednesday’s starting lineup, a reaction he said after the game that he expected. “I can’t really show my face anywhere without people hating me right now,” he said after the game. “I don’t know. I try to handle it the right way and remember why I’m here, which is to play basketball.”
Young also addressed the media Wednesday, but in a separate news conference held shortly before Russell. He did not take questions.
“I think it’s best that me and D’Angelo handle the situation we have in a private manner outside the media,” he said. “I think it’s something we really do need to sit down and talk about. That’s about it. What happened is what happened. We’ve got to work on it.”