LA Lakers draftee Larry Nance Jr forced to delete shocking Kobe Bryant tweet

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The 2015 NBA Draft came and went last night and it produced a couple of interesting talking points.

DeMarcus Cousins remains a Sacramento King for the time being, Knicks fans booed their newest player, Kristaps Porzingis off the stage after taking him number, and the Los Angeles Lakers shocked many by picking D'Angelo Russell over Jahlil Okafor.

But it is the Lakers other draft pick who has been courting the headlines today, for an incredibly embarrassing reason.

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Former Wyoming forward Larry Nance Jr. would have been on top of world Thursday night when he was selected by the Lakers with the 27th pick, higher than experts predicted and with a bigger contract.

Twitter Terror

However, Twitter can sometimes be an enemy to the modern day young sportsman, and that proved to be the case for Nance as an old tweet calling his new teammate Kobe Bryant a "rapist" was dug up.

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According to a report from College Spun, after his drafting by the Lakers, a few Twitter users delved into the archives of Nance's account and found the tweet from 2012, when Nance would have been a sophomore at Wyoming.

"Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time...#rapist", the tweet said. 

Kobe was arrested for an alleged 2003 sexual assault at a Colorado hotel, where he was staying before getting knee surgery. The criminal case was dismissed when the accuser refused to testify at the trial. The victim later filed a civil suit against Kobe, which was settled out of court and included Kobe publicly apologizing to the woman, but he did not admit guilt.

Lakers Knew

It seems like the Lakers actually knew about the tweet in question before drafting Nance. General Manager Mitch Kupchak and P.R boss John Black addressed it when asked, saying that Nance and Kobe would have to work it out between themselves, as teammates.

A rookie forward who is a non-lottery selection would always have a tough time getting much of the ball in a Kobe Bryant team. Calling kobe a rapist probably makes that even worse.

The 22-year-old Nance is the son of three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance, who played for the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers in his 13-year career.


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