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Per The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Kings general manager Vlade Divac “had no previous knowledge of the accusations until the report surfaced and that it was too early in this fact-finding process to explore the possibility of terminating Walton’s contract.”
TMZ reported Monday that Tennant filed a lawsuit against Walton. Tennant said he pinned her to a hotel bed, put “his hips and legs over her body” and forcibly kissed and groped her at a hotel when he was working as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.
Walton’s lawyer, Mark Baute, wrote an email statement to Amick denying the allegations.
“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Baute wrote. “The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”
The Kings issued a statement to TMZ: “We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information. We have no further comment at this time.”
Walton parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 12. The Kings hired him as their new head coach two days later.
Tennant previously worked for Spectrum SportsNet LA when it was known as Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Walton also served as a part-time television analyst for the station during the 2013-14 NBA season, in addition to being on the Lakers’ G League team’s player development staff.
Walton worked on Steve Kerr’s staff with the Warriors from 2014-16 before being hired by the Lakers.