Report: Lakers feuding after prank gone wrong by rookie D’Angelo Russell
If you thought the Lakers’ season couldn’t get worse after a 48-point loss to the Jazz, now the team is feuding following a prank gone wrong by D’Angelo Russell, ESPN.com reports.
Russell reportedly recorded teammate Nick Young talking about various women he’s been with in a video that was shared on social media. Sources told ESPN.com that it was a prank by the rookie Russell and Young didn’t know he was being taped, however at the end of the video Russell reportedly says "I’m glad you told my video all that" and Young looks at him.
The reaction in the Lakers’ locker room was felt in Monday night’s franchise-worst loss at Utah and has been cold, with sources telling ESPN.com that teammates are freezing Russell out.
"It’s bad," one team source said. "It’s about as bad as it can get. There were trust issues already. Now there’s no trust."
It’s been a roller coaster rookie season for the 20-year-old Russell, who was drafted No. 2 overall last year and has had highlights including a 38-point game, but like the other young Lakers he has struggled to be consistent amid the fanfare of Kobe Bryant’s final season, and has been benched and criticized by coach Byron Scott.