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The Los Angeles Lakers player Austin Reaves tells ESPN he is open to a new nickname and is asking team fans to help him out. He’d be OK with having ‘AR-15’ and ‘Hillbilly Kobe’ phase out.

“I don’t condone any gun violence that happens around our country,” Reaves told ESPN. “But you can’t really control what [nickname] people give you. I mean, I didn’t come out and say my name was that. There’s been others, like the ‘Hillbilly Kobe,’ that probably aren’t the best thing in the situation that’s going on, with Kobe’s passing.”