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NBA Clears Kings Head Coach Luke Walton in Sexual Assault Investigation

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 04:  Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings can breathe a sigh of relief, as their controversial head coach no longer has an official sexual assault investigation looming over his head.

An NBA investigation revealed that there was not enough sufficient evidence to support the allegations made against Luke Walton, allowing Sacramento's new hire to prepare for the season unabated.

Sacramento fired coach Dave Joerger following a successful 2018-19 and replaced him with Walton, shortly after he himself was fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

A woman identified as Kelli Tennant accused Walton of sexual assault, verbal and physical harassment, as well as unwanted physical contact over a three-year period.

Due to Tennant's unwillingness to cooperate with the investigation, the amount of available evidence that league had to persecute Walton was slim.

Walton himself released the following statement, reaffirming his desire to focus on the upcoming season.

While this whole situation was a bad look for the Kings, the Lakers, the league, and Walton himself, it looks like it's firmly in the past and Walton can focus on leading De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, and Buddy Hield to the playoffs.