Oklahoma City Thunder player Josh Giddey, 21, was accused of having sexual relations with an underage girl last year.
The accusations emerged through an anonymous profile on social media, which exposed videos and prints proving that the ship owner and the girl actually got involved. At the time, Josh was 19 years old, while the minor was 15.
Although the images show that the girl consented to the act, the age for legal consent to sexual intercourse with someone of legal age in the United States is 16 years old — in Brazil, the age is 14.
The case becomes even more complicated because, allegedly, the relationship took place in the state of California, where the age of consent for sexual intercourse is 18 years old.
Josh Giddey from the OKC thunder with an under-age girl. First video he is talking to her brother. This is Disgusting and this man needs to be punished. We can't let this go under the surface any longer. This needs to be seen. Girl is a junior in high school. pic.twitter.com/gj1LaxRaM0— ☀️ (@wstgoat7) November 23, 2023
To date, neither the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder nor the player have commented on the allegations. The girl’s name was not released.
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Josh Giddey began his NBA career in 2021, when he was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 6th overall pick, signing a four-year, US$27 million contract.
In his first season, the point guard averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game. The following year, Josh progressed to averages of 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.2 assists.
In 2023-24, Giddey has been one of the Thunder’s main names, alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren. At the moment, the franchise is 2nd in the Western Conference table with 11 wins and four defeats.