The Los Angeles Lakers are convinced that guards Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson did not sexually harass a woman and her mother in Hollywood on Sunday.
On Monday, Alexis Jones, the alleged victim, posted photos of four men in a Jeep who apparently “made vulgar gestures at her and her mother” while they stopped at a red light round 7:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of La Brea and Melrose avenues in Hollywood. After the picture went viral, social media commenters identified two of those four men as Clarkson and Young.
John Black, the Lakers spokesman, released a statement on Tuesday to address the team’s stance on the controversy. “We’ve looked into the situation and spoken to Alexis Jones as well as to Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson. Based on these conversations, our conclusion is that there are different interpretations of what happened,” read the statement.
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The Lakers said they appreciate Jones’ efforts to fight the menace of athletes committing sexual abuse and domestic violence. Jones, an activist and author, is the co-founder of non-profit organization I AM THAT GIRL. “We support Nick and Jordan and believe what they told us about the incidents and their actions. We also are supportive of Alexis and her feelings about what happened, about women’s rights, and of the fine work Alexis is doing with her organization,” added the statement.
“I had several conversations with Alexis and her publicist, and tried to arrange a meeting between her, Nick and Jordan. Unfortunately, Alexis’s schedule didn’t allow for this to happen yesterday. We will also continue to stay in touch with her about the possibility of addressing our team about the important issues with which she’s involved,” concluded the statement.
Both Clarkson and Young have been cleared to return to full practice sessions. They are expected to play against Memphis Grizzlies later on Tuesday night.