Lakers Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson

Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson

The Los Angeles Lakers  have opened an investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against guards Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson.

The allegations come from an Instagram post by Alexis Jones claiming that she and her mother were harassed by a group of four males in a vehicle. “Five minutes ago, at the intersection of Melrose and La Bre here in LA, a jeep of four boys pulled up at a red light and started yelling and making the most disgustingly vulgar gestures at my mom and me,” the post read. Jones also said that the harassment continued until the men realized she was recording the incident and immediately stopped.

I pray these pics go viral because THIS is the problem with little boys. Five minutes ago, at the intersection of Melrose and La Bre here in LA, a jeep of four boys pulled up at a red light and started yelling and making the most disgustingly vulgar gestures at my mom and me. I rarely “rant” about things but this is the f%+#ing problem and the reason I’ve now dedicated my life to educating young men about respect, not just for women but for everyone. I’m angry. I’m insulted. I’m hurt. They were laughing hysterically until they realized I was filming them and immediately they panicked like the cowards they are. Thank you to all the real men out there who would never treat a mother and daughter that way… Speaking of, I’d love for this to make it back to their mothers!!! Help me find who these guys are!!! Let’s see the power of social media and hold them accountable. I’d LOVE to have a candid conversation with them about sexual harassment not simply to shame them, but to understand their mentality so we can better educate young men to be respectful in the future. #littleboys #cowards #realmenrespectwomen #messedwiththewrongchick #wewillfindyou @iamthatgirl

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“[My mother] was super rattled. That’s the truth. It scared her,” Jones told ESPN.com. “We were in a small car, and they were in a big Jeep, and it was a bunch of big dudes. They’re leaning out of the car and making vulgar, sexual gestures. My mom was really shocked. That immediately turned into sobbing.”

Shortly after she posted the photos, several commenters identified the men in the photo as Young and Clarkson. Jones contacted the Lakers, and she said she received a call from team spokesman John Black about 8:30 a.m. Monday apologizing on behalf of the organization.

After looking into the incident further, Black released a statement saying, “”We’ve looked into the situation and spoken to Alexis Jones as well as to Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson. Based on these conversations, our conclusion is that there are different interpretations of what happened.”

He also went on to say that attempts to meet with Jones and her mother have been and are still being made. “”I had several conversations with Alexis and her publicist, and tried to arrange a meeting between her, Nick and Jordan. Unfortunately, Alexis’s schedule didn’t allow for this to happen yesterday. We will also continue to stay in touch with her about the possibility of addressing our team about the important issues with which she’s involved.”

Clarkson maintains that the incident was simply a “miscommunication”. “The situation, like we said, was just a miscommunication between both sides,” Clarkson told ESPN. “We don’t want to go into further detail about who’s right and who’s wrong in that situation. But at the end of the day, it was a miscommunication.”

Young took to Twitter to address the allegations. “Aye if you want some attention take a pic of me and say anything next to it and post … The world we live in,” he wrote in the since-deleted tweet. After Tuesday’s game, the ball player also said that the situation has taught him a lot about social media. “”We live in a world where social media plays a big part in what you do so you’ve just got to be careful about your surroundings and where you’re at.”

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