D'Angelo Russell's NBA career didn't get off to the best start. The former 2nd overall pick of the 2015 Draft made it to the league with high praise and expectations but he struggled to find consistent minutes early on. Moreover, he was playing on a bad team and did little to help his situation due to an infamous off-court incident.
Russell actually videotaped his then-teammate Nick Young admitting to constantly cheating on his girlfriend Iggy Azalea, who he was right about to marry. He leaked that tape and Young wasn't only criticized for his behavior but his girl even broke up the engagement - and the relationship.
Needless to say, D'Lo's reputation in the league took a major hit ever since. He claimed that it was supposed to be a joke but players across the league started calling him a snitch and he lost pretty much all the cred in the Lakers' locker room, up to the point where he was even traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
And while that trade may have been just what he needed to jumpstart his career and he's now an All-Star and rising star around the league, no one has forgotten about that snitching incident, especially not Young.
However, Swaggy P holds no grudges towards his former teammate, as he recently told Ryan Hollins during the latest episode of 'The Opinionated 7-Footers' podcast that he was actually cool with him, although he showed his sense of humor by calling him 6ix9ine:
“Look at 6ix9ine man, he ballin’. It’s the same situation. Dlo’s alright. He got paid," Young joked.
For those who aren't aware of the context, Young's talking about Tekashi 6ix9ine, a rapper that was recently put on house arrest after pleading guilty to several felonies. More importantly, 6ix9ine testified against plenty of his former associates, thus being labeled as a rat in the hip-hop industry.
Regardless of it, 6ix9ine is one of the most famous artists of the moment, so Young comparing Russell to him is probably just a compliment in disguise.