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

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

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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