Report: Josh Giddey won’t face charges over alleged improper relationship

Report: Josh Giddey won’t face charges over alleged improper relationship

According to a report Wednesday, the Newport Beach Police Department has closed its investigation into Josh Giddey, and the Thunder guard will not face criminal charges over an alleged improper relationship with a minor.

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Jan 17, 2024, 6:50pm CST

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Jan 17, 2024, 6:50pm CST

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder guard Josh Giddey will not face criminal charges stemming from an alleged improper relationship with a minor after the Newport Beach (Calif.) Police Department announced Wednesday it has concluded its investigation into the matter. 

In a news release, the NBPD said it completed “a thorough and exhaustive examination” and that its detectives “have reviewed all of the available information and were unable to corroborate any criminal activity related to Mr. Giddey.” 

A spokesperson for the NBPD did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

The investigation was sparked by a post on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, that alleged Giddey had an improper relationship with a California-based minor. The post went viral on Thanksgiving and led to investigations by the NBA and police in Newport Beach. 

The NBA has made no announcement about its investigation, which is believed to be ongoing..

Giddey has continued to play for the Thunder. The 21-year-old Australian is averaging 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists for OKC, which is 27-13 and second in the Western Conference standings. 

Giddey has not spoken with reporters since Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, when he declined to comment on the viral post. 

“I get the question, guys, and I completely understand you guys want to know about it,” Giddey said then.. “But just right now I don’t have anything to say.” 

In most of the Thunder’s road games, Giddey has been booed every time he’s touched the ball. 

“Everything that happens outside of the four lines is not in our control and not something that anybody’s really worried about,” Thunder teammate Jalen Williams said in December. “Josh has handled it really well, and so has the rest of the team. We’re all just kind of within ourselves. We’re all in our own little world when it comes to a lot of stuff like that, and I think that’s kind of served us well this year.”

 

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Brett Dawson, the Thunder beat writer at Sellout Crowd, has covered basketball for more than 20 seasons at the pro and college levels. He previously worked the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman and The Athletic and also has covered the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. He’s covered college programs at Louisville, Illinois and Kentucky, his alma mater. He taught sports journalism for a year at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. You can reach him at [email protected] or find him sipping a stout or an IPA at one of Oklahoma City’s better breweries.

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