Kobe Bryant, NBA Players Weigh In on Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell Situation

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.

Young and Azalea attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
Young and Azalea attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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“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.

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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.

NBA player Kobe Bryant attend the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
NBA player Bryant attends the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. George Pimentel/Getty Images

“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.”

D'Angelo Russell #1 and Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers pump fists during the second half of the basketball game against Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center November 22, 2015.
Russell (#1) and Young (#0) of the Los Angeles Lakers pound fists during the second half of a basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center in L.A. on November 22, 2015. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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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.

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