According to a report from ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, the Los Angeles Lakers are investigating an incident involving Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson and two women on Sunday. Young and Clarkson allegedly made “vulgar, sexual” gestures toward a woman named Alexis Jones and her mother while stopped at traffic light.
The Los Angeles Lakers are investigating allegations that two of their players sexually harassed two women Sunday night in Hollywood. One of the women is Alexis Jones, an activist trying to stop athletes from committing sexual harassment, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
The two players were guards Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson. Lakers spokesman John Black told ESPN on Monday that the team takes this matter “very seriously” and is looking into it but does not have any further comment at this time.
Jones said that after dinner, she and her 68-year-old mother stopped their vehicle at the intersection, where a Jeep with four men pulled up alongside them. According to Jones, the men inside the Jeep began making “vulgar, sexual” gestures toward her mother.
Jones, an Austin, Texas, native and University of Southern California graduate, said she took pictures of the men with her phone and posted them to Instagram, where commenters immediately identified two of them as Young and Clarkson.
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
Help me find out who these guys are! Was just sexually harassed by them and they bailed when I pulled out my phone!! pic.twitter.com/1ir7ZvoFEO
— Alexis Jones (@MissAlexisJones) March 21, 2016
Holmes also reports that the Lakers have apologized to Jones on behalf of the organization, but so far neither Clarkson or Young have reached out to her.
Young took to Twitter for his reaction to the allegations on Monday, but immediately deleted his tweets. Here’s a screenshot of his now-deleted tweets:
Here are the two tweets Nick Young tweeted before deleting regarding his sexual harassment allegations pic.twitter.com/5WOhtadAFX
— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) March 22, 2016
According to Holmes, the Lakers are working with Jones, though, and given that incidents like this are an area of expertise for her, have discussed bringing her in to talk with the team about the “respect and treatment of women.”