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D'Angelo Russell 'sorry' for recording video of Nick Young

The 20-year old expressed contrition for his actions in a recent interview, making his first public comments on the leaked video. His teammate does not appear to have accepted his apology, however.

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D'Angelo Russell publicly apologized to Nick Young for recording a video of Young allegedly admitting to infidelity. "I am sorry about recording the video. I can't repeat myself enough on that: I am sorry I recorded that video. I feel horrible. I wish this never happened," Russell told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's the Vertical in a phone interview on Wednesday, adding that he felt "sick" about the way things went.

The video in question leaked approximately a week ago, but an ESPN report on Tuesday night revealed that it had led to Russell's teammates "isolating" him since it became public. In his interview with Wojnarowski, Russell took full responsibility and expressed regret for filming Young's comments.

"I never intentionally wanted to hurt anyone. I never wanted what was said in there to get out. It was my fault that it did, but that was never intentional," Russell told Wojnarowski. He also committed to learning from his mistake, as well as to "do whatever it takes" to earn back the trust of his teammates.

Russell reportedly privately apologized to Young earlier on Tuesday, an apology that Young reportedly accepted. However, Young revealed in a quickly-deleted tweet that his forgiveness may not be so immediate:

Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reported as much earlier in the day:

And Young's brief statement to the media implies that at he and Russell have a lot more work to do on their relationship:

During remarks to the media, Russell made it clear he understands that forgiveness won't come overnight for him:

He also repeated that he had no idea how the video became public:

Young's forgiveness may take longer than a week to earn, if it ever comes at all. But Russell's remarks to Wojnarowski and the local media appeared to be those of 20-year old rookie who genuinely regrets his immature actions. Whether this is a permanent blight on Russell's career or just a bump in the road remains to be seen, but Russell took the first steps down that road on Wednesday. All of his comments to Wojnarowski are worth reading, and you can find them here.

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