Hornets Draft Pick Comes with Controversy
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Hornets newest draft pick is bringing controversy to Buzz City. Jalen McDaniels was drafted in the 52nd position on Thursday. The 6’10” forward from San Diego State University is facing two separate lawsuits that allege he secretly filmed two former high school classmates performing consensual sex acts in 2016.
A judge in Washington dismissed the criminal case against him because the two-year statute of limitations for voyeurism had passed.
In a statement from Jalen McDaniels’ attorney Angelo Calfo he said,
“Jalen deeply regrets what happened and the harm these two women experienced.” Calfo continues, he had never done anything like this before nor has he since. Jalen looks forward to resolving this civil lawsuit so that he and the young women can move forward.”
The attorney representing the two women says they were emotionally traumatized in high school, and that coaches and the school system tried to downplay their concerns. She also questions the hornets decision to draft McDaniels.
“What’s that message to young women. Isn’t there a character requirement of some sort to play in the NBA and be on a national stage?” questioned Joan Mell.
On Friday, McDaniels was noticeably absent during a news conference that featured the Hornets two other draft selections.
PJ Washington and Cody Martin.
A Hornets spokesperson sent an email saying the team is “still determining” when McDaniels will be available for questions.
The team’s general manager Mitch Kupchak declined to comment on Mcdaniels’ past, only saying in a statement:
“We are aware of the civil lawsuit involving Jalen McDaniels and are monitoring developments in the case. as this is a pending legal matter, it is inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”