‣ Fans on social media have accused Stephen A. Smith of a double standard in his response to allegations involving Josh Giddey and an inappropriate relationship with a minor.
‣ Smith has responded to these accusations, urging people to respect the ongoing investigation and not to make assumptions or accusations without knowing all the facts.
‣ The alleged minor involved in the case and her family are reportedly refusing to cooperate with the police in their investigation.
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So, there’s a bit of a stir on the internet. Fans are calling out Stephen A. Smith for a perceived double standard. The issue? Allegations about Josh Giddey having an inappropriate relationship with a minor.
People on social media are saying Smith hasn’t been as critical of Giddey as he usually would be. The ESPN host, though, has had enough of the chatter. He’s responded to the “idiots” who are commenting too much on the Thunder guard’s situation without really knowing the facts.
Smith’s take? Everyone should respect the ongoing investigation before pointing fingers. The NBA is also looking into the allegations. This all started when a video surfaced of the 21-year-old Giddey with a young girl who’s suspected of being underage. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City is still letting him play every night.
On his podcast, Smith told trolls to “shut the hell up” and stop bugging him about the subject. He emphasized the need for prudence and responsible dialogue. Giddey, he reminded listeners, is currently being investigated by the NBA. The details? Unknown. The only certainty? An investigation is underway.
Smith also warned people to be careful. Anyone who talks too much could get sued. He explained that’s why he hasn’t said anything. “You don’t just go out there running your god damn mouth over something this serious,” he said.
A video emerged this week where Giddey appears to be with the female inside a nightclub. This could indicate that she’s either old enough to enter a bar, or lied about her age with a fake ID to get in. Smith had a message for those quick to accuse Giddey on social media: be prepared to face potential legal consequences.
Smith’s advice? Wait and see. “We don’t have all the information,” he said. “My advice to you all is to shut up and do the same.”
The girl involved in the case has been refusing to speak to the police amid the ongoing investigation. The alleged minor and her family are reportedly not cooperating with the police. This comes after claims first appeared on social media, with the girl herself posting a photo suggesting she had sex with Giddey.
The Newport Beach Police Department is aware of the situation. They’ve released a statement saying they’re actively seeking additional information related to the allegations. They’re pursuing all leads and evidence to get the facts of the case.
The department aims to ensure a fair and thorough investigative process. They’re committed to maintaining the privacy and dignity of everyone involved. Right now, detectives are still conducting an active investigation.
As for Giddey’s performance on the court? He’s currently averaging 12 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 17 matches so far this season for OKC, who are 11-6.