What began as playful roasting between a pair of young teammates in Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball has become increasingly personal over time, which is why the Los Angeles Lakers are stepping in to deal with the matter before it potentially escalates to the point of no return.
The Lakers have reportedly spoken to both players about toning down their use of social media and rap diss tracks to poke fun at one another, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk.
Ball released a diss track entitled "Kylie Kuzma" on Monday, which featured a lyric pointing out Kuzma's lack of a relationship with his biological father.
"Don't know who your daddy is, well your ass is getting sonned," raps Ball.
This seemingly prompted Kuzma's mother, Karri, to send out the following tweet on Wednesday morning:
There are reportedly no lingering issues between Ball and Kuzma, though, and the two have agreed to take it down a notch.
Part of the team's anxiety comes from a 2016 incident involving former Lakers Nick Young and D'Angelo Russell, with Russell having recorded Young admitted to cheating on his fiancee at the time, rapper Iggy Azalea, in a video which was eventually released to the public.
There's also the matter of free agency getting underway in a matter of weeks, and with the likes of LeBron James and Paul George linked to the franchise as potential acquisitions, having two of the team's young studs conducting themselves in such a manner could have a negative ripple effect.