Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson Accused of Sexual Harassment: Details and Comments

Los Angeles Lakers guards Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson are reportedly facing sexual harassment allegations.

“The Los Angeles Lakers are investigating allegations that two of their players sexually harassed two women Sunday night in Hollywood,”Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com reported Monday. “… Lakers spokesman John Black told ESPN on Monday that the team takes this matter ‘very seriously’ and is looking into it but does not have any further comment at this time,” Holmes added.

Holmes noted one of the women who Clarkson and Young allegedly harassed is Alexis Jones, an author and co-founder of the nonprofit I Am That Girl. Jones is “an activist trying to stop athletes from committing sexual harassment, sexual abuse and domestic violence,” per Holmes, and I Am That Girl “aims to empower women.”

The incident reportedly happened Sunday evening, when Jones and her 68-year-old mother were stopped at an intersection near La Brea and Melrose avenues. Jones said a Jeep carrying four men pulled up alongside their car, and the men then made “vulgar, sexual” gestures toward her mother, per Holmes.

Jones took pictures of the alleged offenders and posted them on Instagram, where other users recognized Young and Clarkson as members of the Lakers:

“I’ve been inspired by how the Lakers have responded,” Jones said, per Holmes.

Jones noted that Black called her, apologized and offered to have her speak to the Lakers about respecting women since she has traveled the country to talk about the topic. Despite the offer, Jones “requested a call with [Clarkson and Young] to talk through the issue and hopefully receive an apology, but that request was declined.”

Black said Lakers head coach Byron Scott addressed the issue with Clarkson and Young, per Holmes.

Heading into Monday night’s action, Los Angeles had the worst record in the Western Conference at 14-55. Young was averaging 7.3 points per game, while the 23-year-old Clarkson was posting 15.5 points per contest as one of the team’s building blocks for the future. Clarkson earned a first-team All-Rookie distinction last season after averaging 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.

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