Nick Young has officially been removed from the Los Angeles Lakers active roster, but what exactly led to the deactivation?
Spots reporter, Mike Bresnahan first broke the news on Monday with a tweet that read: “Nick Young was deactivated for Sunday’s game and probably Lakers’ final six games Said Byron: ‘Right now he’s not here with us mentally.’”
Last week, Nick made headlines after her was secretly taped by teammate D’Angelo Russell, admitting that he cheated on fiancée Iggy Azalea with a 19-year-old woman.
Many speculated that the current mental state of Nick had to do with the controversial video; however, Lakers head coach Byron Scott said the decision “has everything to do with basketball.”
“It has nothing to do with the chemistry,” Scott said at practice Monday. “It has everything to do with just basketball. Right now, I know what he’s going through, and I know it’s hard on him. But he’s not here with us, mentally, and there’s no need for me to put him out there on the floor.”
According to ESPN reporter, Jovan Buha, Scott placed Young on the inactive list before Sunday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics. “I was thinking about that for the game last night — who to put on the IR — and my first thought was Metta [World Peace]. But then I said, ‘I can use Metta,'” Scott said. “It was strictly a basketball decision. It’s all based on because I know how [Young]’s feeling right now. He’s not really here with us.”
Scott added, “It’s been tough. He didn’t get off to a great start. His shooting has not been what it has been in the past. It went even a little downhill the last couple of months. The situation last week didn’t help. We all, as coaches, players and everybody, feel for him and understand the situation he’s in. It’s a tough situation.”
What probably made things even more tough is that while Nick was being slapped with the hard news, his presumed fiancée, Iggy, was killing it on the iHeart stage.
The Australian rapper closed out the 2016 iHeart Music Awards on Sunday night and murdered it. The 25-year-old, by the way, was still sporting her engagement ring.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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