NBA champion Golden State Warriors ‘are signing Anthony Lamb to standard contract’ – as team insists it ‘did due diligence’ in the wake of December rape allegation from his ex-girlfriend
Anthony Lamb is to receiving a ‘standard NBA contract’ for the remaining NBA season following strong performances off the bench for the Golden State Warriors.
Lamb has been on a two-way deal since the onset of the season. He has played in 50 games for the reigning NBA champions, taking him beyond the threshold to be eligible to play.
So, the Warriors – according to Shams Charania – are inking a new deal with the 25-year-old.
Multiple reports suggest Lamb will be part of the Warriors team to take on the Hawks in Atlanta Friday night.
In December, Lamb was accused of rape in a civil lawsuit filed against the University of Vermont, though he is not named as a defendant.
Anthony Lamb has been’ signed to a standard NBA contract’ after the expiry of a two-way deal
The 25-year-old Rochester native has been a strong part of the Warriors rotation this season
Notwithstanding this, the alleged raping of former girlfriend Kendall Ware – a former member of the Vermont swim and diving team – is mentioned in the suit.
Three women – including Ware – sued the school, its trustees, among other for violations of Title IX, sex discrimination and denial of equal protection. Currently, the case is still open.
Ware and the other plaintiffs motioned for an extension of time on March 16 due to a conflict of interest relating to their lawyer.
An alleged sexual assault of Ware by Lamb is claimed to have taken place on September 7, 2019 at an off-campus party hosted by the University of Vermont Basketball team.
It is claimed that Lamb ‘forcefully anally penetrated Ware as she repeatedly pleaded with him to stop, telling him ‘no’ over and over. Ignoring her unequivocal demands, he told her to ‘just take it’ and continued to rape her,’ the lawsuit read.
Ware was allegedly left ‘shattered’ and ‘suffered from suicidal ideation’ before suffering ‘a deep depression’ in the aftermath. The suit says the pair began dating in January 2019, dating for ‘roughly six months’ before they broke up. A Warriors spokesperson offered a statement on the accusations to Rolling Stone at the time
‘Anthony is not a defendant in this recent lawsuit and, to our knowledge, he has never been charged with any wrongdoing in any legal case,’ a rep for the Warriors said.
‘Prior to signing Anthony in September, we did our due diligence with the NBA and his prior teams, as we do with all players. If any new information comes to light, we will certainly evaluate it and act accordingly.’
Lamb was accused of rape in a lawsuit filed against the University of Vermont – which he attended between 2016 and 2020
Ware’s attorney told the San Francisco Examiner this month, the team has not contacted him or Ware.
The Warriors reiterated to the outlet they ‘did due diligence with the NBA and his prior teams, as we always do’ prior to the acquisition.
‘After we signed him, a lawsuit was filed against the University of Vermont,’ a spokesperson for the team said. ‘If any new information comes to light from this lawsuit or otherwise, we will certainly evaluate it and proceed accordingly.’
Lamb attended the university between 2016 and 2020. He went undrafted coming out of college before stints with the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and now the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors ‘did due diligence’ prior to signing the former Vermont superstar