Kings, NBA close Luke Walton sexual assault investigation
The investigation by the Sacramento Kings and NBA into sexual assault allegations against former Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton is now closed, with both the team and the league citing “sufficient basis to support” the claims against Walton.
Kelli Tennant, a former broadcaster with Spectrum SportsNet LA, alleged in an April civil suit that Walton had sexually assaulted her in a Santa Monica, Calif. hotel room in 2014, when he was still with the Warriors.
In April, just one week before Tennant’s allegations became public, Walton agreed to a four-year head coaching deal with the Kings. The news took all franchises for which Walton has coached by surprise, with the Kings, Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers — with whom Walton signed in 2016 — claiming no prior knowledge of the accusations against Walton.
As previously reported by Warriors Wire, the team issued the following statement in April:
At no time before or during his employment here was this allegation reported to the Lakers. If it had been, we would have immediately commenced an investigation and notified the NBA. Since Luke Walton is now under contract to another team, we will have no further comment.
The Kings are showing full support for their new head coach, with the investigation considered closed unless new evidence surfaces.