By now, you likely know that Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell is in major hot water for recording a video of teammate Nick Young. In the grainy video, which somehow made its way on to the Internet, Young essentially admits to having cheated on fiancée Iggy Azalea. The resulting backfire against Russell has been a storm in and of itself.
Speaking to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Russell has publicly issued his apology:
“I am sick,” Russell told The Vertical by phone on his drive to the Staples Center on Wednesday. “I am sorry about recording the video. I can’t repeat myself enough on that: I am sorry I recorded that video. I feel horrible. I wish this never happened.”
When asked about how the video left his possession and became public months after it was recorded, Russell told The Vertical: “Honestly, I have no idea. Me and Nick, that’s our friendship: We play around a lot. Anyone who knows him and knows me, they know that about us. But I apologize for recording that video. I never intentionally wanted to hurt anyone. I never wanted what was said in there to get out. It was my fault that it did, but that was never intentional.
In a short meeting with press before the Lakers’ game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Russell clarified his recording of the conversation wasn’t a prank. He somberly acknowledged how the incident was affecting Young’s personal life, too.