Josh Giddey Won't Be Charged Over Alleged Relationship With a Minor

Allison DeGrushe - Author

Jan. 25 2024, Updated 10:19 a.m. ET

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Content warning: This article contains allegations of sexual abuse of a child or teen.

Since making his NBA debut in 2021, Josh Giddey has achieved notable success. Known for his versatility, impressive passing skills, and basketball IQ, the Oklahoma City Thunder player has attracted significant attention. However, not all the publicity surrounding him is positive.

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While his accomplishments on the basketball court are noteworthy, fans are keen to delve into Josh Giddey's off-court activities, with particular interest in addressing the allegations made against him. Continue scrolling for all the known details regarding his alleged inappropriate relationship with a minor.

Josh Giddey during the Thunder-Suns game on Nov. 12, 2023.
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What happened to Josh Giddey?

On Nov. 22, 2023, allegations against Giddey emerged on social media. In a since-deleted post, an anonymous social media user claimed that a girl featured in videos and photos with Giddey was a high school junior at the time of their alleged connection. The social media account has since been deactivated.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, one of the pictures showed a shirtless Giddey standing behind a young female who was smiling. Additional images and brief videos saw the two immersed in conversation and laughter in front of a nightclub in Orange County, Calif.

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On Friday, November 24, an NBA spokesperson announced that the league was investigating the allegations.

That same day, Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault declined to comment on any off-court issues involving the athlete. Giddey, in response to reporters' questions, said, "I get the question, guys. I completely understand you guys want to know about it. Just for right now, I don't have anything to say."

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A few days later, on November 29, the Newport Beach, Calif. Police Department announced that its detectives were actively investigating the allegations against Giddey. The NBPD said via AP News that it's "actively seeking additional information related to these allegations and pursuing all leads and evidence to obtain the facts of the case."

Josh Giddey reportedly spent one night with the alleged underage girl.

On December 1, a report surfaced alleging Giddey's encounter with an underage girl took place two years ago, and they reportedly spent only one night together. He allegedly thought the California teen was 19 when they met at a club in 2021. Upon learning the girl was actually under 18, Giddey reportedly ended the relationship the next day.

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As per the Los Angeles Times, an anonymous teacher, unauthorized to speak publicly, disclosed that the girl was a high school student in Orange County. It's worth noting that the age of consent in California is 18, in contrast to 16 in both Australia and Oklahoma, the home country of Giddey and the state where he plays.

Gloria Allred speaking to the media in a pink blazer.
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Gloria Allred later confirmed via email that she was representing the family of the girl with whom Giddey was alleged to have had an inappropriate relationship. The well-known California attorney has been a prominent advocate for women in legal battles against influential men and celebrities for many years.

The allegations against Giddey were serious and could result in substantial prison time for him, along with a prolonged suspension or potential permanent ban from the NBA. However, he won't be facing any of the above-mentioned consequences.

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Police found no evidence to corroborate the claims made against Josh Giddey.

After conducting a months-long investigation, police cleared Giddey's name of any wrongdoing. A statement from officials in Newport Beach, as reported by ESPN, read, "After a thorough and exhaustive examination, we have completed our investigation into information that was circulating on social media involving Josh Giddey." The statement continued, "Our detectives have reviewed all of the available information and were unable to corroborate any criminal activity related to Mr. Giddey."

Giddey has kept quiet on social media throughout the investigation, and at the conclusion of it, but is likely jumping for joy knowing he won't be facing any criminal charges over the allegations that gently tainted his career.

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