OKC Thunder guard Josh Giddey won’t be facing any criminal charges over his alleged improper relationship with an underage girl, Newport Police Department announced on Wednesday.
“After a thorough and exhaustive examination, we have completed our investigation into information that was circulating on social media involving Josh Giddey. Our detectives have reviewed all of the available information and were unable to corroborate any criminal activity related to Mr. Giddey,” the press release stated. “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.”
In November of last year, an X user posted of photos and videos of Giddey with a girl that was a high school junior at the time that went completely viral.
The account has since been deactivated.
The post prompted the investigation and Newport Beach police said on Nov. 29 that said, in part, that the department was “actively seeking additional information related to these allegations and pursuing all leads and evidence to obtain the facts of the case.”
The 21-year-old could still face disciplinary action from the NBA, since players don’t need to be criminally charged to be fined or suspended.
In early December, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the league would let the investigation run it’s course.
“Generally, we will work with law enforcement to the extent they will share with us the information they have,” Silver said during his Las Vegas news conference before the NBA’s in-season tournament final. “We can learn from that. We gather whatever information is available to us, in working alongside a police department in this case, or a D.A. As long as they say that we are not interfering with their investigation, we do what we can at the same time. But generally, we fall in behind any investigation and then go from there.”