The NBA has launched an investigation into troubling allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a minor linked to Oklahoma City Thunder player Josh Giddey, as the league disclosed its efforts to scrutinize the claims made against the athlete.
TMZ Sports confirmed that the Association is fully aware of the widespread rumors circulating on social media this week with photos and videos of Giddey with the alleged minor.
During a Thunder practice session on Friday, Giddey faced questions about the allegations but opted to remain tight-lipped. “I understand the question, obviously, but no further comment right now,” replied Giddey when pressed about the speculation.
Similarly, Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault was approached after practice but chose not to comment on Giddey’s situation.
In the wake of the allegations, Giddey appears to have taken a step back from social media limelight. He removed his profile photo and disabled comments on his Instagram account.
The 21-year-old Australian athlete, selected as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, boasts an impressive career average of 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 6.1 assists. His achievements include receiving NBA All-Rookie Team honors in 2022.
Charlotte Hornets star Miles Bridges also found himself in legal hot water recently.
Amidst the ongoing investigation by the league, there exists the potential for Giddey to become the subject of a criminal investigation as well if the girl was under 16, the age of consent in Oklahoma, at the time.