The circle of trust is broken. Kobe Bryant and fellow NBA players are weighing in on the Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell debacle, proving that nothing said in the locker room — er, at home — is sacred.
As previously reported, Russell secretly recorded Young allegedly admitting to cheating on his fiancée, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. Taped in Russell's bedroom, the video appeared to show Russell calling Young at home.
"You was 30, she was 19? … What about Amber Rose, you ain't never tried?" the up-and-comer says in the footage. Young replies: "No, she knows my girl." According to the Bleacher Report, Russell filmed the conversation on Snapchat about three months ago.
Needless to say, the bombshell has caused a huge rift, and ESPN reports that the team is icing out Russell. Lakers vet Bryant recently discussed the incident during an interview with Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.
"It’s tough," Bryant, 37, said on Wednesday, via Bleacher Report. "There’s a lot to learn. I’m sure he’ll evolve and grow and be better from it. … The guys are understanding. We are all human beings. Everybody makes mistakes. Important thing is to show compassion."
Young, meanwhile, told reporters on Wednesday that he and Russell will handle the situation privately. "It’s something we need to talk about. What happened is what happened. We’ve got to work on it," he said.
Check out more reactions from NBA players and fans below:
Damn d'angelo Russell smdh— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) March 30, 2016
Please stop saying D'Angelo Russell made a mistake. He made a terrible decision, big difference.— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) March 30, 2016
Kids may be ready for the NBA physically, but there is a mental aspect that if not mature, will destroy as if they were physically unable.— Landry Fields (@landryfields) March 30, 2016
D'Angelo Russell's comments on IG😳😶— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummondd) March 30, 2016
I hate how Russell is the only one being made out as the bad guy...Young cheated on his FIANCÉ...that trumps "bro code"— Karleen (@K_Ellen1409) March 31, 2016
People that hate on d'angelo Russell after that video say something about themselves. Maybe there snakes just like nick young— Dan (@10daniel16) March 31, 2016
But isn't D'Angelo Russell a better player than Nick Young ....? Who cares .....— Coach Griffin ❤️ (@DeJon_Monique_) March 31, 2016
I'd take D'Angelo Russell over Nick Young anyday.— Ive dela Fuente (@ivedelafuente) March 31, 2016
People who cheat on their significant others are the absolute worst.
D'Angelo Russell > Nick Young— lil hendo (@BayuHendryana) March 31, 2016
Conspiracy theory: what if this Nick Young, D'angelo Russell, thing is just an elaborate April fools prank?— Zay (@Air_Zeke_12) March 31, 2016
Deangelo Russell really is an idiot though.. Wtf did he think was going to happen when he recorded Young saying that— Beezus (@BenoitDastous) March 31, 2016
So sick of the D'Angelo Russell/Nick Young stuff.— Andrew Ross (@AndyRoss28) March 31, 2016
Dangelo Russell just broke the number 1 rule in the bro code smh lakers gotta shop him this summer— Litt Romney (@J_maineyoo) March 30, 2016
Dangelo Russell just focus on basketball dude lol— 德安傑洛 (@ImDangelo_) March 30, 2016