The Lakers likely were not expecting controversy from a guy that wasn’t even on their payroll yet.
Intending to sign free-agent forward Jamil Wilson to a 10-day contract Wednesday, the Lakers balked on the deal a day after Wilson’s name came up in a report linking him to a lawsuit, according to ESPN.
Wilson’s ex-girlfriend filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, TMZ reported Tuesday, accusing Wilson of giving her a sexually transmitted disease while they were dating. The woman claims Wilson knew of the STD, but kept it hidden from her before they had unprotected sex.
The two began dating in November 2016, the woman says, and she was diagnosed with herpes the following June.
Wilson’s agent, Steve McCaskill, denied the woman’s accusation and expressed hope it wouldn’t affect Wilson’s NBA standing long-term.
“Jamil has been irreparably harmed by the recent accusation, which has now resulted in damage to his NBA career,” McCaskill said in statement to ESPN. “We will not tolerate these false accusations, but will pursue all legal remedies with the full force of the law.”
Wilson, 27, was expected to be active for the Lakers’ game against the Spurs Thursday night after inking the 10-day contract. Los Angeles reportedly has not given up on revisiting the deal with Wilson at a later date.
Wilson, who went undrafted out of Marquette in 2014, played in 15 games with the Clippers this season while on a two-way contract between the pros and the G League. He averaged seven points and 2.1 rebounds on 43 percent shooting.