The Lakers organization is currently investigating two of its players, guards Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young, after sexual harassment allegations were made against them. According to a report by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, Clarkson and Young pulled up in a car just after 7 p.m. on Sunday night in Los Angeles, and they began shouting disrespectful taunts at by Alexis Jones, the woman behind the “I Am That Girl” movement–which looks to improve the treatment of women around the world–and her 68-year-old mother. The two Lakers were allegedly in the car with two other men. From Holmes’ report:
Alexis Jones, an activist trying to stop athletes from committing sexual harassment, sexual abuse and domestic violence, said two players — later identified online as Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson — harassed her and another woman Sunday night in Hollywood.
Jones, an author and co-founder of the nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which aims to empower women, said in an interview Monday that the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of La Brea and Melrose avenues in Hollywood.
Furthermore, during the alleged incident, Jones snapped a photo of Clarkson and Young while they were looking in her direction from inside the vehicle, and attached a caption “praying these pics go viral,” referring to the two players as “little boys.”
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
As of right now, the only comment the Lakers have is that they are taking these matters “very seriously,” as per the ESPN report, but they reportedly invited Jones to come speak to the team on her general “I Am That Girl” mission, an invitation she didn’t accept for she doesn’t want to “shame” or “crucify” Young and Clarkson, but would rather work to change behavior.
No suspensions, fines or other punishments have been handed down from the NBA or the Lakers as of yet.