NBA rumors are swirling around Nick Young at the moment. He’s been accused of sexual harassment. The Los Angeles Lakers have apologized to the accuser. Young, however, is denying the allegations, according to the Los Angeles Times. Through social media, the 30-year-old swing man believes that his name is being dragged through the mud because someone wants to make a name for herself. The Lakers are conducting a full investigation, so the next few days should be interesting.
Alexis Jones and her mother, Claudia Munn, were driving around on Sunday night in Hollywood. When they reached the intersection of La Brea and Melrose, a Jeep pulled up next to them at the traffic light. It was then that Jones alleges that Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young started shouting sexually uncomfortable things towards them. Jones is actually an activist that focuses on getting professional athletes to not sexually harass women.
The occupation of Alexis Jones has caused many to doubt her story. It seems like quite the coincidence that two NBA players would scream and harass at a woman whose job it is to prevent that from happening. Before the investigation has even concluded, Jones has already made her name more known this week than it was last week. Her quest to educate professional athletes has received quite a boost now that she has the attention of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Regardless of what happens with this controversy, the future of Nick Young with the Los Angeles Lakers might have just taken a turn for the worse. Not wanting to put too much pressure on the public relations department, management might simply choose to move on from Young. The 6’7″, 210-pound guard isn’t penciled in as a building block or supporting cast member going forward. Right now, he’s just a role player that is under contract.
Nick Young hasn’t met a lot of shots that he doesn’t like. It doesn’t matter if all five members of the NBA All Defensive Team are guarding him, Young is going to shoot the ball if he gets the chance. That type of mentality doesn’t mesh well when you have a lot of younger players on the roster. The Los Angeles Lakers have several impressionable players who might pick up on those bad habits.
Speaking of bad habits, there are probably those within the Los Angeles Lakers organization that aren’t too fond of Jordan Clarkson hanging out with Nick Young. The latter has a passion for the nightlife. Young is also considered a bit of a celebrity because of his relationship with Iggy Azalea. Coaches and executives in the NBA would much rather their young players hang out with responsible veterans, much like how David Robinson took Tim Duncan underneath his wings.
The Los Angeles Lakers more than likely would have traded Nick Young already, but it’s hard to find NBA teams that want him. Young is making more than $5 million. He’s got another year on his contract and an option for a second one. Fortunately for the Lakers, the salary cap is rising next season, so teams can tolerate that salary more easily. Unfortunately for the Lakers, it means they might need to package an asset with Young to get rid of him.
Not that the Los Angeles Lakers needed an excuse to get rid of Nick Young, but this controversy makes it a little bit easier for general manager Mitch Kupchak to give up a second round pick in an upcoming NBA Draft in order to convince another team to take on the extravagant shooting guard. This much is clear, the Lakers need to get rid of Young.
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