Family and friends of rising NBA star Josh Giddey are grappling with the shock of disturbing allegations that have cast a shadow over his promising career. Those close to the young athlete assert their belief that he has been unfairly implicated in the wake of social media claims suggesting an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl.
As the 21-year-old, son of Australian basketball veterans Warrick and Kim Giddey, faces intense media scrutiny, sources reveal that the family perceives these allegations as a potential setup. The Giddey family, residing in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Yarraville, remained secluded in their home on Tuesday, besieged by reporters seeking comments on the unfolding scandal.
While the family has refrained from making public statements about the controversy involving Josh, insiders report that they are standing firmly by him during this challenging time. Recognized for their down-to-earth nature and humility, the Giddeys, according to sources, are grappling with the unexpected attention thrust upon them.
The NBA initiated an investigation into the allegations against Giddey, a key player for the Oklahoma City Thunder since being selected in the sixth overall pick of the 2021 NBA draft. The situation has undoubtedly created a difficult moment for a family described as “pretty normal” despite their 21-year-old son’s meteoric rise to NBA stardom.
According to a source close to the family, the consensus among those who know Giddey is that he has been unjustly targeted. They emphasize that Giddey, raised in a humble environment, is not the type to knowingly engage in inappropriate relationships. The source adds that Josh’s upbringing was grounded in reality, with his family steering clear of fostering a superstar mentality.
Warrick Giddey, Josh’s father and a former NBL player from 1987 to 2002, won two championships with the Melbourne Tigers but never realized his dream of playing in the NBA. Described as a blue-collar worker who had to put in extra effort, Warrick’s career was a far cry from the superstar status his son is now experiencing. The family, unaccustomed to such attention, is navigating the unexpected spotlight as they rally around Josh amid the ongoing investigation.