Lakers back out on Jamil Wilson over lawsuit
The ink on the contract was barely dry before the LA Lakers pulled it off the table. Free-agent forward Jamil Wilson was set to sign a ten-day contract with the team, but now will have to sit on the bench while a lawsuit plays out. Wilson is being sued by a woman who has accused the former Clippers player of knowingly passing a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) to her.
The lawsuit claims that Wilson had unprotected sex with the unidentified female despite the fact that he knew he was a carrier of the STD, and that he never informed her. The Lakers had planned on signing Wilson after he was waived by the Clippers. He would have been activated for the Lakers game Thursday night against the Spurs. Wilson's agent, Steve McCaskill, told ESPN that his client has received irreparable damage to his NBA career, and that they will pursue legal action against the woman.
Wilson graduated from Marquette in 2014. He went undrafted in the 2014 draft, but was picked up by the Washington Wizards for the Summer League. He moved to the Phoenix Suns in September of that year, but was waived a month later. After a short stint in the NBA Development League, he crossed the Atlantic in 2015 to play for Italy's Virtus Bologna before returning to the Wizards. He continued to bounce around, shifting between teams in Texas, Puerto Rico and again in Italy before landing a contract with the LA Clippers in August of last year. He was waived by the team a week ago.