D’Angelo Russell is publicly apologizing to his teammate Nick Young after a private conversation he filmed went viral. Does Nick accept? Find out inside, plus rumors that there’s trouble in paradise for Nick and his fiancée Iggy Azalea….
L.A. Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell opened up a big can of worms when a video he recorded of his teammate Nick Young admitting to cheating on his fiancé Iggy Azalea went viral.
Now, he’s coming forward to publicly apologize to his friend and teammate for a prank gone terribly wrong.
During a news conference with the media on Wednesday, he said,
"I reached out to [Young], let him know my apologies. I don't know if they were accepted. I wouldn't blame him [if he didn't]."
The 20-year-old rookie, who was boo’d at home during Wednesday night’s game against the Heat, said the video was nothing more than a prank and that went wrong and that he is sick over the situation. He said he regrets filming Nick and wished he could make things better.
D’Angelo said he did NOT leak the video and has no idea who it made its way on the Internet.
"No. It wasn't my intention," he said. "We joked around, played around all the time, said crazy things, and this just got in the wrong hands. It wasn't a prank. It wasn't something for everyone else to see. It was for my eyes, his eyes only. That was it."
D’Angelo said he does feel like he put Nick’s relationship in jeopardy and that he’s sorry he did that to someone he looks to as a friend.
"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."
To be fair, Nick put his own relationship in jeopardy if he actually cheated. Heaven forbid we make a cheater take responsibility as well.
With D’Angelo supposedly “taking the lead” so to speak when Kobe Bryant retires, he said he’s going to do all that he can to gain trust back from his teammates.
"If I've lost anyone's trust, I'm going to work my tail off to get it back," said D’Angelo.
Peep the news conference below:
During a separate news conference, Nick Young spoke to reporters saying he and D’Angelo will have to work out their differences and friendship:
"I think it's best that me and D'Angelo handle the situation we have in a private manner outside the media," said Nick. "I think it's something we really do need to sit down and talk about. That's about it. What happened is what happened. We've got to work on it.
There are rumors that Nick Young and his fiancée Iggy Azalea may not have that fairytale wedding after all of the drama unfolded.
Sources tell TMZ, the engagement is in jeopardy and Nick and Iggy are "not on good terms."
As for how the video got leaked online, sources say the clip was obtained by a third party and that it was shot months ago. We hear Nick has lawyered up, but it’s unclear what his next move might be.
With everything going on, Iggy has decided to release a new video for her track titled "Team." Maybe she's staying relatively quiet (other than her initial reaction) because she doesn't want to take the focus off her new music. Maybe....