Iggy Azalea and Nick Young: the day sports met gossip, and it was awful

I was contemplating wrapping up this week by discussing the sex scandal that’s emerged in Alabama revolving around the state’s governor, Robert Bentley. But then I realized no one really wants to hear about the illicit affairs of a 73-year-old man, even if it could result in his impeachment.

So let’s talk about sex scandals that involve younger people!

Yes folks, I do address many critical social and political issues on this blog, but I am not afraid to dive deep down into the gutter and become Maury 2.0, and I’m taking you all with me. Or, you can just hit the X button in the top right corner. But please don’t.

Anyway, sports fans who watched SportsCenter yesterday may have been dismayed by the fact that the show, which, back in the day actually used to show sports highlights, instead became indistinguishable from Access Hollywood.

Nick Young Iggy Azalea.JPGAnd that’s because the hot topic of the day in the sports world had nothing to with actual … sports.

As the NBA season winds down, the Los Angeles Lakers are a team that should be dedicating all their time and energy towards honoring Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest players of our generation who is retiring at the end of the season.

But instead, they decided to say, “screw Kobe, let’s start a controversy that’s barely a step above high school gossip!”

Nick Young, who is engaged to Australian rapper and Wayans Brothers White Chicks lookalike Iggy Azalea, now finds himself in serious trouble after his rookie teammate, D’Angelo Russell, secretly filmed him talking about what sounded like his adulterous affairs.

The video found its way online, and Iggy Azalea even acknowledged it with a Tweet, saying, “hmmm i see D Angelo Russell is trending… I actually liked his film. Thanks bro.”

Even if I could go back in time to my high school self, I still probably wouldn’t care about this. But nonetheless, it’s pretty egregious behavior on Russell’s part, to not only entrap his teammate in such a way, but to film it, and then be careless enough to let it find its way D'Angelo Russellonto the Internet.

I mean, that’s some insidious backstabbing if I ever saw it.

But it’s still not what I turn on ESPN to watch. I don’t care if it was a slow sports day. Show me European soccer highlights then. Heck, I’ll gladly take a recap of an international curling match for all I care.

Stephen A. Smith, an NBA analyst on ESPN known for his ability to draw attention simply by screaming nonsense into a television camera, actually said on live TV that this presents a serious “violation of man code.”

An actual sports reporter analyzed the merits of man code on a sports highlights show.

It’s always a beautiful thing when sports and tabloid gossip coincide. And by “beautiful thing,” I mean god awful. But at least baseball season starts on Sunday and maybe ESPN will have real sports news to talk about. But probably not.

And on the bright side, Gov. Robert Bentley and Nick Young may be able to hang out soon and talk about all the things they have in common.

Which, before this week, was very, very, very little.

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