Russell ‘Sick’ Over Video Leak
A remorseful D'Angelo Russell spoke in front of a crowded room filled with reporters after practice early Wednesday morning regarding a video that he took of teammate Nick 'Swaggy P' Young. The video included Russell asking questions to Young about other women; Young is engaged to music's Iggy Azalea. The video has caused major controversy surrounding the team and just morals in general.
"I feel as sick as possible," Russell said in a news conference before the team's game against the Miami Heat. "Been asked 110 times, and my answer and feeling stay same."
"I can't really show my face anywhere without people hating me right now," Russell 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 and Azalea announced their engagement in June and already postponed their wedding. When asked if he feels he jeopardized the personal life of both Young and Azalea, Russell responded:
"Honestly, I do," he said. "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'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."
Russell reached out to Young to apologize, but Young seems to have not taken the apology quite yet.
"I reached out to [Young], let him know my apologies," Russell said. "I don't know if they were accepted. I wouldn't blame him."
"I think it's best that me and D'Angelo handle the situation we have in a private manner outside the media," Young said.
Russell was booed by the crowd nearly every time he touched the ball. Kobe Bryant said before the game he talked to the rookie to give him some advice.
"I had a chance to talk to him earlier today,: Bryant said. "All I can do is just do my best Yoda impersonations and give him that kind of sage advice, I guess. One day pass, this shall -- or something like that."
The Lakers went on to play later that night and defeated the Miami Heat in overtime 102-100.
The Lakers are now left with a rough-looking situation to deal with. A season that was supposed to be all about the end of Kobe Bryant's career as the games wind down, is now taking a back seat to this situation. Rumors have swirled about what the Lakers could possibly do. A possible trade of Russell, could be in the works. Late last night, the Boston Celtics were rumored to have interest in bringing in Russell; most likely to occur in the off-season.
What do you think the Lakers should to with Russell, who the team was likely to build around for the future?