Travis Walton denies MSU assault allegations from 2010

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 30, 2018

Former Michigan State basketball player and coach Travis Walton issued a statement to The Valenti Show on 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday morning denying the allegations from an ESPN report that he punched a woman and sexually assaulted another woman when he was a student assistant coach for the Spartans.

Walton was placed on leave from his post as an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers' G League affiliate, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, after ESPN published its report on Friday.

The 30-year-old Walton had an assault and battery case in East Lansing 54B District Court reduced to a littering fine, according to court documents. In the span of one month that year, Walton was accused of punching a female student in the face at a bar and raping another at an off-campus apartment along with two MSU players. "I subsequently left the establishment", he said.

Walton released a statement Tuesday in which he denied physically assaulting a woman and said he has never been charged with sexual assault, describing his encounters as consensual. It says she told a counselor while her parents talked to then-athletic director Mark Hollis about it. ESPN quotes a letter from former MSU sex-assault counselor Lauren Allswede saying the incident was discussed with the basketball team and that Walton was sacked.

He also said he was never hired or fired by MSU in January 2010, and he was enrolled into MSU taking classes to complete his degree. Two witness statements were provided to the East Lansing city attorney corroborating his account, Walton said.

As for the alleged sexual assault that ESPN said was reported by the alleged victim and her parents to the athletic department, Walton said, "I have never been charged with sexual assault and, to my knowledge, the alleged sexual assault was never reported to Michigan State University or the police".

ESPN reported that Walton was sacked from the basketball staff that year. The latest being Michigan State legend Magic Johnson. After he graduated, Walton said he went to Europe to continue his basketball career. "I know he went to Europe to play". "And he was like, 'You don't know who I am?' And I was like, 'I really don't care who you are.' And he kind of got angry at that point, and I told him to not-so-politely F-off".

The allegations against Walton are part of a wide-ranging ESPN report that alleges the school improperly handled multiple sexual assault allegations made against athletes.

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