Luke Walton is only a few days into his coaching tenure with the Sacramento Kings and he is already facing serious challenges. After news of a lawsuit stemming from an assault allegation against Walton broke a few days ago, he is now under several microscopes.
In a joint statement, the NBA and the Kings announced that they would be launching an investigation into allegations stemming from the civil lawsuit filed against Walton. Per the announcement, the two sides are hiring a law firm as well as an independent investigator to determine the truth of the matter.
Former sports reporter Kelli Tennant is alleging that Walton assaulted her at a hotel room in 2014, during his time as the Golden State Warriors' assistant coach. The lawsuit alleges that Walton held Tennant down and kissed her on the face and neck, among other things.
The statement also noted that the Kings will lead the investigatory team.
The Sacramento Beereported that Kings general manager Vlade Divac was unaware of the allegations at the time of Walton's hiring. Walton and Divac were once teammates on the Lakers.
Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers parted ways at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season following a third straight year without making the playoffs.
His unemployment did not last long though as the Kings, who had recently fired their own head coach, quickly scooped him up.