Update: According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers have decided to change course and not sign forward Jamil Wilson after he was cited in a civil case and sued for sexual battery.
The Lakers still have an open roster spot and will likely aim to find a similar player to sign to a 10-day contract. The team has dealt with other legal issues this season as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was suspended to start the beginning of the year due to a DUI arrest as a member of the Pistons and later missed several road games after he was placed in a work-release program due to missing a drug test as part of his plea deal.
According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers “have not ruled out the possibility of a deal with Wilson in the future.” The team is likely going to monitor Wilson’s lawsuit before coming to a final decision.
Original story follows:
NBA forward Jamil Wilson is being sued for sexual battery, according to TMZ Sports. It was reported earlier this week that the Los Angeles Lakers would ink the former Clippers two-way player to a 10-day deal.
Wilson is being accused by a woman for having unprotected sex without informing her of having a sexually transmitted disease. According to TMZ, the accuser claims that she contracted Herpes after sexual relations with Wilson.
Wilson, 27, was recently waived by the LA Clippers and cleared waivers on Monday. ESPN reported that he would sign with the Lakers.
It’s not clear whether the allegations against Wilson will pressure the Lakers into voiding the currently unsigned contract. Wilson’s lawyer did not speak to TMZ sports about the claims against his client.
The official claims against Wilson are sexual battery and fraud as the accuser maintains that her sexual consent was dependent on assumptions that he did not have any STD’s.
We will update this story if more details are released.