Potential trouble for two Los Angeles Lakers — neither of them being Kobe Bryant.
The team is investigating a claim that Lakers' Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson sexually harassed a woman, ESPN confirmed.
Coincidentally, the woman who they allegedly harassed is an activist who tries to stop athletes from committing sexual harassment, domestic violence and sexual abuse. According to ESPN, Alexis Jones says Young and Jordan harassed her and her 68-year-old mother in Hollywood on Sunday night, making "vulgar, sexual" gestures toward her mom.
"She was super rattled. That's the truth. It scared her," Jones told ESPN. "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."
She added: "The irony is I created a program called 'ProtectHer' out of the urgency to address sexual abuse in athletics, and I was on phone calls with the NBA as of Friday talking with them about integrating this message and this program into the NBA."
Jones is also an author and co-founder of the nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, seeking to empower women
Jones also told ESPN that she received a phone call Monday morning from Lakers spokesperson John Black apologizing on behalf of the team. Black also told ESPN that the franchise is taking the incident "very seriously."
"I've been inspired by how the Lakers have responded," she said. "I'm not special. This is happening to women everywhere. I'm not here to shame them. That's the last thing I want to do...I don't want to crucify them. I want to use it as an opportunity to change behavior."
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