Whoa — Nick Young’s cheating scandal just keeps getting more and more dramatic! And now HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that Nick’s LA Lakers teammate, Kobe Bryant, is finally stepping in to put an end to the drama between Nick and D’Angelo Russell, the player who spilled the beans on Nick’s alleged affair. About time!
When Kobe Bryant, 37, has to step in and play mediator, you KNOW things have gotten totally out of control! And apparently that’s exactly what’s going on with the Los Angeles Lakers right now. Ever since D’Angelo Russell, 20, allegedly filmed and leaked a video of his fellow teammate, Nick Young, 30, admitting his unfaithfulness to fiance Iggy Azalea, 25, things have NOT been the same in the locker room. And now HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that Kobe wants all the immaturity to end — he’s even reportedly stepped in to set things right once and for all.
“Kobe has tried playing peacemaker between Nick and D’Angelo. He’s sat them both down and had one-on-one talks with them,” a source shared EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife.com. “He’s trying to get them to see the bigger picture. It’s not about anything but winning and becoming great players. They need to put all the other crap behind them.” Preach, Kobe! Clearly the basketball legend has had ENOUGH of his younger teammates’ actions and he’s more than ready to move on and start focusing on the game.
“Although he is frustrated, Kobe has tried to calm tensions on the team,” the source continued. “He knows all to well about making dumb mistakes when he was younger and becoming an outsider on a team — like when he feuded with Shaq.” And apparently D’Angelo is in the same situation now. As HollywoodLife.com has previously reported, Nick and D’Angelo are not the only ones at odds on the team.
“D’Angelo is in the doghouse with the Lakers, everyone is mad at him,” a Lakers source revealed to us exclusively. “Basically the NBA has endless groupies and everyone cheats on their girlfriends or wives, so to do this video and and have it get out there showing Nick admitting that he hooks up with girls other than his girlfriend just shows to everyone that D’Angelo can’t be trusted.” Kind of messed up, right?
And while Kobe wanted his final NBA season to be smooth, he’s taking it upon himself to get things back on track for the Lakers. Way to — literally — take one for the team, Kobe! “Kobe is upset that his swan song with the NBA is marred with this nonsense,” our source revealed. “Despite making attempts at being a role model and tutor to the younger Lakers like D’Angelo, he’s never really clicked with them. The younger players on the team have been playing pranks on each other all season and now this one blew up in their face. Kobe made it clear he wanted no part of that.”
But we’re glad to see Kobe taking the higher road and really trying to set things right with his teammates. That’s definitely an admirable move! But now our only question is, will it work? After all, Nick DID admit to cheating on Iggy — on film no less — and D’Angelo is the one who leaked the footage. Although D totally broke bro code, he also saved Iggy from marrying a liar! What a mess.
What do you think about Kobe’s words of wisdom, HollywoodLifers? Do you think they’ll actually help Nick and D’Angelo make up?