What D’Angelo Russell Secretly Videotaping Nick Young Teaches Us About Masculinity Today
I try to stay away from gossip but this is a story that needs to be explained.
D’Angelo Russell is a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Coming out of Ohio State, he was the #2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
For the past few years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the laughing stock of the NBA.
D’Angelo Russell was supposed to be a part of the solution.
With Kobe Bryant retiring, Russel was supposed to lead the Lakers in to a new era with many Lakers fans hoping he would develop in to the next Magic Johnson.
Instead, he’s just added fuel to the fire. These days the Lakers resemble more of a reality television show than a basketball team.
It’s not that he’s a bust. He’s still maturing and learning the league. And he has shown signs of brilliance and play making ability during his rookie campaign.
However, the maturity simply is not there.
Even his own coach (who is supposed to support him no matter what), is on record for stating that he has the maturity level of a 14 year old.
This newest incident may have been the final straw.
Recently, D’Angelo Russell made news for his off-court antics.
This time he secretly recorded Nick Young while asking him about his relationships with women.
Here’s the video:
Forget the fact that it was a personal topic.
Forget the fact that Nick Young is engaged to Iggy Azalea.
This was a retarded move. No one will disagree with that.
It was a complete breach of trust.
He secretly recorded someone without their consent. The fact that they are teammates makes this even worse.
He posted the video to social media (Snapchat). In doing so, he snitched on Nick Young by publicly posting the video where he talks about getting with other chicks.
I shouldn’t be writing an article on this incident because this incident should have never happened… not with grown men.
Grown men don’t act like this… at least they never used to.
One of the most masculine traits a guy can exhibit is SILENCE.
But that seems to have gone out the window.
Today, dudes simply don’t follow the sacred law of omerta anymore.
They don’t keep their mouths shut.
My best friend (since high school) is my best friend for 2 simple reasons:
1. He has my back no matter what.
2. He keeps his mouth shut.
Keeping your mouth shut should not be limited to friends or teammates. Every guy should follow that rule.
You don’t talk about anyone else’s business.
Our culture does not value this anymore.
It’s about about recording and “documenting” everything and getting validation at all costs.
It’s not a joke.
“I was just kidding” is not an excuse.
When you violate someone’s trust, there are consequences.
D’Angelo Russell is finding that out now.
As of now, the Lakers have completed isolated him.
They don’t trust him and they shouldn’t.
So what’s next for D’Angelo Russell?
If he balled like Anthony Bennett he would probably be let go at the end of the season.
Love him or hate him, he has a lot of potential and upside if he can get his act together.
However, this is one of those tricky situations.
Does everybody deserve a second chance?
A big-time violation of trust is a lot to overcome.
Secretly recording your teammate while he talks about his infidelities and then posting it on Snapchat falls in that category.
It doesn’t look too good for D’Angelo Russell.
NBA players (both active and retired) agree that he violated the rules of the brotherhood.
His best chance is to have a private talk with his teammates, explain what happened, and then just dedicate himself to being the best basketball player he can be.
It’s not up to him anymore.
I hope he gets a shot at redemption with his teammates (or another team if he gets traded).
No career is worth ending over something so stupid.
It’s pretty shocking that this story involves two men because this is a story that is more appropriate for chicks.
Chicks secretly gather “dirt” on their closest friends.
Chicks “out” their friends in public.
Chicks are the ones who are supposed to giggle and think everything is a joke.
Chicks post stupid shit on Snapchat.
The lines are now blurred and the only hope is self-education and active improvement.