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Larry Nance, Jr., Kobe Bryant to have awkward conversation

A 2012 tweet from the newest Laker was deleted once he was drafted.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

NBA teams are very thorough when ti comes to vetting potential draft picks, and that makes a lot of sense since millions of dollars are invested. Larry Nance, Jr. was picked 27th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers and the first order of business by general manager Mitch Kupchak was to have the former Wyoming Cowboys forward delete a 2012 tweet that referred to a sexual assault case involving star guard Kobe Bryant.


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

Bryant was involved in a 2003 sexual assault case in Colorado and the case was ultimately settled out of court.

Not to make an excuse but Nance was not even 20 years old when he sent the tweet. However, things put online are always out there and can come back to be an issue down the road. Hopefully, he has learned his lesson here.

"I've spoken to Larry Nance Jr.," Kupchak said Thursday night. "Really, I'm not in a position to really share information. But it is something that they will have to discuss amongst the two of them.

"My understanding is that it's something that happened years ago, and in today's world, things don't go away, which really doesn't make it any less offensive because it was said three, four years ago."

Bryant will likely here about this one way or another, so that first interaction might be a little uncomfortable.