NBA investigation clears Luke Walton of sexual assault allegations
A joint investigation by the NBA and Sacramento Kings cleared coach Luke Walton of allegations of sexual assault, citing no sufficient basis to support the allegations.
The Kings and the NBA issued a statement Friday, saying their investigation determined that there was not enough evidence to back the allegations made by former reporter Kelli Tennant. Notably, Tennant did not speak to investigators, and the probe could be re-opened if new evidence comes to light.
Kings announce conclusion of their joint investigation with the NBA into the Luke Walton sexual assault allegations from Kelli Tennant. Conclusion: “Not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against Coach Walton.” pic.twitter.com/p6mJc6OEFG
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) August 23, 2019
Tennant accused Walton of forcibly kissing and groping her in her hotel room while she objected. The alleged incident happened when Walton was still coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in May 2017.
Walton will embark on his first year as Sacramento’s head coach this season. He’s fresh off three seasons with the Lakers, in which he went 98-148 as head coach and failed to make a playoff appearance.