Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson Accused of Sexual Harassment: Details and Comments

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Clarkson, left, and Nick Young look on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Maccabi Haifa on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Los Angeles Lakers guards Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson are reportedly facing sexual harassment allegations.

"The Los Angeles Lakers say they are taking a harassment claim made by a woman against two of their players 'very seriously,'" Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com reported Monday. 

On Tuesday, the team released a longer statement upon further investigation, via Serena Winters TWC Sports:

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters

Lakers release a statement regarding Sunday's incident involving Nick Young & Jordan Clarkson: https://t.co/BA9Bftf1Lf

After the Lakers' 107-100 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night, Young and Clarkson addressed the accusations, calling the incident a "misunderstanding" with Clarkson calling the last day and a half "crazy," per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press.

Holmes noted one of the women Clarkson and Young allegedly harassed in Hollywood is Alexis Jones, an author and co-founder of the nonprofit I Am That Girl. Jones is "an activist trying to stop athletes from committing sexual harassment, sexual abuse and domestic violence," per Holmes, and I Am That Girl "aims to empower women."

The incident reportedly happened Sunday evening, when Jones and her 68-year-old mother were stopped at an intersection near La Brea and Melrose avenues. Jones said a Jeep carrying four men pulled up alongside their car, and the men then made "vulgar, sexual" gestures toward her mother, per Holmes.

Jones took pictures of the alleged offenders and posted them on Instagram (now deleted), where other users recognized Young and Clarkson as members of the Lakers. She also tweeted the images:

Alexis Jones @MissAlexisJones

.@Lakers 2 of your "men" @NickSwagyPYoung & @JClark5on just sexually harassed my mom & me. @NBA this has to stop!! https://t.co/7JWZHKJlPx

Ralph Amsden of Rivals.com took a screen capture of the initial Instagram post (Warning: Link contains NSFW language).

"I've been inspired by how the Lakers have responded," Jones said, per Holmes. 

Jones noted that Black called her, apologized and offered to have her speak to the Lakers about respecting women since she has traveled the country to talk about the topic. Despite the offer, Jones "requested a call with [Clarkson and Young] to talk through the issue and hopefully receive an apology, but that request was declined."

Black said Lakers head coach Byron Scott addressed the issue with Clarkson and Young, per Holmes.

Heading into Tuesday night's action, Los Angeles had the worst record in the Western Conference at 14-55. Young was averaging 7.3 points per game, while the 23-year-old Clarkson was posting 15.5 points per contest as one of the team’s building blocks for the future. Clarkson earned a first-team All-Rookie distinction last season after averaging 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.


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