NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league has taken a “back seat” in the Josh Giddey investigation while it plays out through the relevant authorities.
Giddey is under investigation by the Newport Beach Police Department in California and NBA over an alleged improper relationship with an underage girl – claims that first emerged last month.
The 21-year old OKC Thunder guard has since been cleared to play despite having the serious allegations hanging over him while being routinely booed by opposition fans.
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Speaking on the matter publicly for the first time, Silver explained to ESPN that the NBA is following its own precedent when dealing with the Giddey situation, suggesting there’s no conclusive evidence to take any official action yet.
“If you look back, I can’t think of many circumstances where we’ve suspended a player based on an allegation alone,” Silver told NBA Today.
“In this case, we have an allegation, then you have a police investigation, and then you have a league investigation.
“I will also add that where there is a criminal investigation, we take a back seat. You have an allegation and ongoing criminal investigation, that impacts how the players association can work with us
“Because, of course, the player needs to protect his rights. So I’m not going to going to say never ever (he won’t be suspended), but this is the path we’ve consistently followed in the past
“There’s an ongoing criminal investigation – Newport Police opened up that investigation and notified us, we then take a back seat.
“That’s where things currently stand.”
Giddey is alleged to have spent a night with the girl, then 16, in 2021 after they met at a club in Oklahoma City, then ended things with her when learning of her age.
Reports say the girl at the centre of the allegations and her family have y refused to speak to police and have hired high-profile American lawyer Gloria Allred.
Neither Giddey nor Thunder representative have commented publicly on the situation.
The Aussie has only once addressed the topic when asked by media last weekend, saying: “I understand the question, obviously, but there is no further comment right now.”
Further probed about it, Giddey said: “I get the question guys. I completely understand you guys want to know about it. But, just for right now, I don’t have anything to say
It comes amid a critical juncture in Giddey’s career where at the end of the season he’d be eligible for a mega contract extension worth as much as $300 million.
However the ongoing investigation combined with his slow start to the campaign – he’s averaged 11.8 points per game, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists through 20 games – may impact his contract dealings.
Giddey’s next appearance for the 12-7 Thunder comes at home on Saturday (AEDT) against the Golden