A TV sports journalist has filed a lawsuit accusing NBA coach Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her. The lawsuit came just two weeks after Walton, 39, was named head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Kelli Tennant, 31, is a former USC volleyball player who says she once considered Walton a mentor and a friend. In 2014, when Walton was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, she brought him a copy of her book to thank him for writing the foreword. The lawsuit alleges that Walton invited Tennant up to his hotel room, where the 6-foot-8 former basketball player pinned her on the bed and groped and kissed her as she yelled for him to stop. “She was afraid she was about to be raped,” the suit says. An attorney for Walton, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers this season, called the accusations “baseless.” The NBA and the Kings said they will investigate.
Kansas City Chiefs team officials said they were “deeply disturbed” this week after hearing leaked recordings of star wide receiver Tyreek Hill insinuating that he beats his 3-year-old son. A local TV station published the conversation between Hill and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, in which Espinal says the boy is “terrified” of Hill. The player replies, “You need to be terrified, too, bitch.” Espinal goes on to say that Hill punches and whips his son when he cries, to which Hill replies, “You use a belt too.” The recordings leaked a day after Kansas prosecutors declined to charge Hill and Espinal with causing their son’s recent arm injury. The battery case is now re-opened, and the NFL is also investigating.
Actress Michelle Williams and her indie musician husband, Phil Elverum, have split after less than a year of marriage, the New York Daily News reported this week. Williams, who had a daughter with actor Heath Ledger before he died of a drug overdose, is notoriously private. Last July she disclosed her marriage to Elverum, saying, “I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship, but Phil isn’t anyone else.” Williams, 38, and Elverum, 40, realized they rushed into marriage and “remain friends,” a source said. ■