Police haven’t investigated, aren’t investigating Luke Walton for sexual assault

Dan Feldman

Kings coach Luke Walton is being sued for sexual assault.

He is not facing a criminal investigation.

Richard Winton and Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times:

Santa Monica police said Tuesday that officials never received a report accusing former Lakers coach Luke Walton of sexual assault, and they are not currently investigating allegations made by a sports reporter.

This supports the claims of the Warriors (who employed him as an assistant coach at the time of the alleged incident), Lakers (who hired and parted ways with him afterward) and Kings (who since hired him). All three teams have said they didn’t know about the accusation until it became public yesterday. Without a police record to uncover, that is more believable.

For anyone sexually assaulted, there is no absolute right way to seek justice. Kelli Tennant handling this civilly rather than criminally says nothing about the veracity of her claim