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NBA Player Nick Young Hit With Misdemeanor In LAPD Traffic-Stop Encounter
Footage of the arrest shows the high-profile player repeatedly asking, “Am I resisting?”
NBA player Nick Young was arrested in California on Friday night, during what began as a routine traffic stop, Los Angeles police said.
Young, 33, was originally pulled over in Hollywood following a routine traffic violation, according to police reports obtained by the Associated Press.
Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles police department, told the outlet that Young had been arrested for delaying an investigation — a misdemeanor — after a run-in in which Lopez said Young opted not to obey officers.
The hoopster, Lopez said, had grown “upset” with police over the inconvenience.
In footage of the arrest obtained and published by TMZ, Young can be heard repeatedly asking, “Am I resisting?”
The video also appears to show officers leading the 6-foot-7 Young toward a wall, where he is then handcuffed.
Young was booked early Saturday morning after the heated encounter and released later that day, according to Associated Press reports. The vehicle he had been driving when cops pulled him over was impounded after the run-in, according to TMZ.
Young, an 11-year NBA veteran, has played for three of California's four NBA teams: The Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, and, most recently, the Bay Area-based Golden State Warriors.
He is currently a free agent.
Young is due in court on September 19, according to the Associated Press.
Young, who has not yet commented publicly on his recent arrest, is no stranger to headlines. The former first-round draft pick has been a frequent subject of tabloid fodder for his ongoing relationship drama with pop-star ex Iggy Azalea.
In 2016, Young was pulled over in Hollywood and issued a citation for playing his music too loudly. Young, who was with the Lakers at the time, claimed that the arresting officers had grown violent with his entourage during the exchange.
[Photo: Nick Young of the Golden State Warriors looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 31, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. By Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images]