The authorities in Newport Beach, California, who were investigating claims that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey had an improper association with a juvenile, decided not to press charges against him.
Following what The Athletic described as a “thorough and exhaustive examination” of the allegations, the department stated that it “were unable to corroborate any criminal activity related to Mr. Giddey.” We have concluded our investigation with the police.
“The Newport Beach Police Department is committed to ensuring that accurate information is disseminated to the public, while also ensuring the rights of all those involved,” the police made clear in a news statement Wednesday.
Newport Beach police say they were “unable to corroborate any criminal activity” and have closed their investigation into claims Thunder’s Josh Giddey had an inappropriate relationship with a minor. https://t.co/tknZQHXzqc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 18, 2024
It was in November when the accusations against Giddey initially came to light. According to an unnamed social media user, the Associated Press said that a high school junior was the supposed girlfriend of the 21-year-old basketball player in photos and videos. The original post was removed.
“For right now I don’t have anything to say,” Giddey told reporters during a November news conference during practice, indicating that he would not comment on the allegations. NBC News contacted Giddey’s representative on Thursday to request a statement.
In response to the allegations, the NBA had initiated its own inquiry. The league is “continuing our review” of the claims, according to league spokesperson Michael Bass, who told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the league was aware of the findings of the police probe.
The NBA announced that Giddey, a native of Melbourne, Australia, will be the first player to graduate of the NBA Global Academy to be selected in the selection. He was selected sixth overall in the 2021 draft. His 2021–2022 season was highlighted by being chosen to the All-Rookie second team.