The Lakers announced on April 12 they and Walton "have mutually agreed to part ways" after he posted a 98-148 record in three seasons as coach.
Kelli Tennant, the former sports reporter who said in a civil lawsuit that Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted her, told reporters Tuesday that fear kept her from reporting the incident sooner. The lawsuit was first reported by TMZ. Tennant - an old friend - had asked the coach to write the forward to her book.
According to Tennant, she has known Walton and his wife, Bre Ladd, for many years through ties with volleyball.
She says she went to give him a copy while he stayed at a hotel in Santa Monica during a Warriors road trip to Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Walton allegedly invited Tennant to his room to avoid the public eye. "The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom", Baute said. Baute issued another statement today in which he said, "We will not try this case in the media or pay them a dime".
"Our interest is not to have Mr. Walton put in jail or be investigated by the police, necessarily", Mardirossian said. A league spokesman told The Athletic that the league is "coordinating with the Kings organization" and "in the process of gathering more information".
'There has been no report made to the Santa Monica Police Department, ' Lt Candice Cobarrubias said in a statement.
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"If it had been, we would have immediately commenced an investigation and notified the National Basketball Association", the Lakers said, declining further comment. The team had no other comment.
The Warriors were similarly unaware, they said. "We'll have no further comment at this time".
No date is given for the alleged assault.
Mr Walton had written the foreword to the publication, The Transition: Every Athlete's Guide to Life After Sports.
In 2016, Walton was named coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
"He held my arms down so I could not move and started kissing my neck again", said Tennant, "and I kept begging him to please let go and please stop, and he continued to laugh in my ear". He was quickly named coach of the Sacramento Kings.
Tennant submitted her Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit Monday, but Mardirossian said it was not officially filed by the court until Tuesday.
TMZ reported Monday night citing legal documents that Kelli Tennant is suing Walton. According to Tennant, Walton was inappropriate with her on multiple occasions, including unwanted hugs and kisses. "Our interest was for Kelli to feel better about herself, to come out and talk about what happened to her". "I have spent years now dealing with this, trying to forget it about it, hoping that I could push it to the side and bury it, and hoping that time would heal", she said. I am here to be respected. So I was hesitant, and he said "don't worry about it, it's me".