Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

New Kings coach Walton accused in assault lawsuit

New Kings coach Walton accused in assault lawsuit

Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton is the subject of a sexual assault suit from a reporter who claims he forced himself on her.

Tennant said Walton met her in the lobby and invited her back to his room. She also claims she "screamed for help", but the National Basketball Association head coach allegedly continued to hold her down as he "rubbed his erection on her leg" and "groped" her before eventually stopping. She said that Walton would often greet her with an aggressive hug or kiss despite her telling him the advances were unwanted.

Ganguli and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne confirmed via sources that Tennant's allegations never were reported to the Lakers. He was elated to be there, having parted ways with the Lakers just three days before and made a decision to reunite with an old teammate in Kings general manager Vlade Divac along the way.

In a lawsuit submitted to Los Angeles Superior Court Monday but not yet officially filed, Kelli Tennant said she had been acquainted with Walton and his wife for years, and considered him to be a mentor.

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The paper said it reached out to Walton, his new team the Sacramento Kings and Spectrum SportsNet and did not get an immediate response. No date was given for the alleged assault.

He added: "The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible".

She was previously engaged to former former UCLA football player and fitness model Nick Ekbatani, however they split after he lost his left leg in a motorcycle crash and caring for him took a toll on their relationship. She eventually re-emerged with a job for Amazon Prime covering the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour and a podcast focusing on women's issues, per the Press-Enterprise. "We intend to prove this in a courtroom".

The Warriors also provided a statement: "We became aware of the alleged incident and story this evening and are in the process of seeking more information".

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