The investigation into Josh Giddey’s alleged inappropriate relationship with a minor has reportedly run into problems, with the teen and her family refusing to co-operate with the authorities.
According to TMZ, police are keen to speak with the young girl amid accusations of wrongdoing by the Oklahoma City Thunder guard, which flooded social media over the weekend.
But it’s claimed neither the girl nor those around her are talking to officials as they try to gather more information.
Giddey, 21, is accused of having an intimate relationship with an underage girl from California after photos and videos allegedly showed them together.
Last week the NBA launched an investigation into the Australian, who has become one of Oklahoma’s key players since he was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
Thunder star Josh Giddey is accused of having an intimate relationship with an underage girl
The NBA launched an investigation last week into claims Giddey had an inappropriate relationship with a minor after photos of him with a girl were recently posted on social media
Giddey has continued to play for Thunder amid the scandal but the 21-year-old remained tight-lipped when asked about the accusations after practice on Friday.
‘Josh, you went viral over the past couple of days over some pretty serious allegations. I know nothing is concrete there, but is there anything you can say as to that situation?’ a reporter asked
In response, Giddey said: ‘Yeah, I mean I understand the question obviously, but, err, there’s no further comment right now.’
Before Tuesday’s In-Season Tournament game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault also refused to address the allegations.
‘I’m not gonna comment on anything as it relates to Josh off the court,’ Daigneault said.
The Australian was booed relentlessly as the Thunder fell to a 106-103 defeat in Minneapolis.
‘There’s no change in status from a basketball standpoint,’ Thunder coach Mark Daigneault added. ‘We still have no comment on anything else.
‘Just with the information we have at this point, that’s the decision that we’ve made (to keep playing him).
‘It’s really not even a decision, to be honest with you. It’s obviously a league matter at this point so the ball’s in their court on that.’