Los Angeles Lakers’ guards Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young are being investigated by the team for sexual harassment, reports ESPN.
Young is a nine-year veteran who began his career with the Washington Wizards, but since has bounced from the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, before landing with the Lakers in 2013.
Clarkson is one of the up and coming players in the league and is just in his second season. He is also one of the few Filipino Americans ever to play in the NBA.
Alexis Jones, co-founder of the non-profit I Am That Girl, says the two players made “vulgar sexual” gestures toward her mother as their car pulled up alongside theirs.
Jones did not recognize the men as NBA players, but the two were identified after she posted their picture on Instagram.
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
“She was super rattled. That’s the truth. It scared her,” Jones said about her mother. “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.”
Jones launched a program called Protect Her to address sexual abuse in athletics. She recently held a meeting with the NBA about the issue.
The Lakers have apologized to Jones and have raised the possibility of her speaking to the team. The Lakers say they are investigating the allegations and taking it “very seriously.”
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