Kobe Bryant downplays Larry Nance, Jr.’s “rapist” tweet, says it’s “water under the bridge”


Shortly after the Lakers drafted Larry Nance, Jr. with the No. 27 overall pick in Thursday’s draft, someone dug up a three-year-old tweet in which Nance called Kobe Bryant a “rapist.” Nance quickly deleted the tweet, but the Internet is forever, so it quickly went viral, creating what could have been a pretty awkward situation once Nance reports to training camp in the fall. But Bryant, in an interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill ahead of tonight’s BET Awards, said Nance has already addressed the tweet with him and they’ve moved past it.

Here’s a transcript, via Dime Magazine:

Hill: You know another important thing for young players to know is, to watch what they tweet.

Bryant: Yeah, obviously

Hill: You might want to have that conversation with Larry Nance.

Bryant: The kid figured it out himself.

Hill: I would love for you to Periscope, or somebody to Periscope that…

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