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Turn up or nah: Nick Young declines to take pill from Brandon Jennings

Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young recently threw an epic birthday bash over his birthday weekend to celebrate turning 29 years old. Young, popularly referred to as “Swaggy P,” was joined in celebration by his Lakers teammates and other fellow NBA players.

In the midst of all the excitement, one of Young’s party guests, Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, really wanted to make sure the man of the hour had a good time. In a viral video, Jennings is seen offering a pill of some sort to Young. With Jennings’ arm outstretched in his direction, Swaggy P shakes his head, respectfully declining to take whatever it is the Pistons player has in his left palm.

The story was initially covered by The Smoking Section on June 1 (Nick Young’s birthday). Subsequent coverage appeared two days later (June 3), courtesy of Complex News.

According to The Smoking Section, the video surfaced as a result of being posted on Instagram by West coast rapper The Game. The video has since been deleted from The Game’s Instagram account but has already made its circulation around the Internet.

The exact classification of the pill in question has not yet been confirmed. Many viewers, however, suspect it to be ecstasy, or “molly” as it is commonly called. According to Sean Evans of Complex News, the pill is most likely “molly, a Tic Tac, or prescription-strength Bayer.” Complex even provided a snapshot taken from the short video so that viewers could get a better look at what was in Jennings’ hand.

Although the mystery drug remains unidentified, it is clear from the footage that Young is not one to succumb to peer pressure. For his part, Jennings, on the other hand, is quite notorious for stirring up drama during the offseason. Even so, both players apparently do not let disappointing NBA regular seasons prevent them from living it up over the summer.

The Lakers finished with a 27-55 win-loss record for the 2013-14 regular season. Their season has been called the worst in franchise history. The Pistons did not do much better; they finished with a 29-53 record. Both teams, of course, failed to qualify for postseason play.

For the season, Young averaged just under 18 points per game. He also averaged 1.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. Jennings averaged 15.5 points, 7.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

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