The Lakers are investigating the incident and say they are taking it “very seriously.”
The charge comes from Alexis Jones, an activist who helped start the women’s empowerment organization I AM THAT GIRL, told Holmes what she said happened.
Jones said following dinner she and her 68-year-old mother stopped their vehicle at the intersection, where a Jeep with four men pulled up alongside them. According to Jones, the men inside the Jeep began making “vulgar, sexual” gestures toward her mother.
“She was super rattled. That’s the truth. It scared her,” Jones said. “We were in a small car, and they were in a big Jeep, and it was a bunch of big dudes. They’re leaning out of the car and making vulgar, sexual gestures. My mom was really shocked. That immediately turned into sobbing.”
Jones added, “The irony is I created a program called ‘ProtectHer’ out of the urgency to address sexual abuse in athletics, and I was on phone calls with the NBA as of Friday talking with them about integrating this message and this program into the NBA.”
Jones didn’t know who the men were at first but had taken pictures and posted it to Instagram, where commenters identified two of the men as the Laker players.
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(***PLEASE NOTE… I never could have imagined the reaction this post would cause or the thousands of inhumane comments and death threats I would receive because of it. The only reason I'm not deleting it altogether is because THIS perfectly epitomizes why less than 20% of women EVER speak up and report ANYTHING. Because the victim shaming and hateful backlash is usually worse than even the initial incident. I'm grateful for moments like these to root the work I do into something so painfully personal. The comments below contain highly vulgar and inappropriate language. Please remember that people who spread hate like this are in pain and they more than anyone, need our love. Adversity only makes us stronger in our convictions and I'm grateful for this moment to remind me why the work I do is so important.)———————————————— 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
According to Jones, the Lakers reached out and apologized for the incident.
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.
The topic of development of young Lakers players has been a controversial one among Lakers fans this season, but developing players properly is more than just teaching them about how to play on the court, it’s about teaching them respect and professionalism off it. A number of teams find that as much or more challenging.