Well, This Is Awkward: Los Angeles Lakers No Longer Want Player After Learning of Herpes Lawsuit: Report

Jamil Wilson, No. 13, of the Los Angeles Clippers scores on a jumper over Josh Jackson, No. 20, of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of a game at Staples Center on Dec. 20, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Harry How/Getty Images)

In life-comes-at-you-fast news, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to pass on small forward Jamil Wilson after learning that the former NBA player was being sued for sexual battery for allegedly knowingly giving a woman herpes.

According to TMZ Sports, the woman claims that she received herpes simplex 2 during a yearlong relationship with Wilson. The woman claims that the two were in a serious, committed relationship and that Wilson exposed her to the virus without her knowledge. Wilson, who was recently cut by the Los Angeles Clippers, was expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Lakers, but after the team learned of the reported lawsuit, it backed out of the deal.


“Jamil has been irreparably harmed by the recent accusation, which has now resulted in damage to his NBA career,” Wilson’s agent, Steve McCaskill, told ESPN. “We will not tolerate these false accusations but will pursue all legal remedies with the full force of the law.”

ESPN notes that the Lakers may entertain the idea of signing Wilson at a later date.

Read more at TMZ Sports and ESPN.

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