Kings, NBA taking no action against Walton in assault case

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August 23, 2019 - 4:27 pm

FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton talks with former Sacramento Kings player Chris Webber, left, as Kings general manager Vlade Divac, obscured at center, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball summer league gamebetween the Kings and Golden State Warriors in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced that after a thorough investigation there isn’t enough evidence to support allegations that new coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a woman. The team and league began a joint investigation in April following a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant, who “elected not to participate in the investigation. Based on this and the available evidence, the investigators determined that there was not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against Coach Walton,” the Kings announced in a joint statement with the NBA. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced they are taking no action against Luke Walton after not finding enough evidence during an investigation into allegations that the coach sexually assaulted a woman.

The team and league began a joint investigation in April following a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant, who "elected not to participate in the investigation. Based on this and the available evidence, the investigators determined that there was not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against coach Walton."

The Kings and NBA said Friday the matter is considered closed barring further evidence emerging.

Walton was hired by the Kings on April 13 just one day after being dismissed from his first head coaching job with the Lakers.

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