Meet Luke Walton, the Sacramento Kings’ new head coach
Most Sacramento Kings fans know Luke Walton as the son of an NBA player, an NBA player himself, assistant coach and head coach – and, now the, coach of the Sacramento Kings who has as been accused of sexual assault. Named coach a week ago, they have barely had a chance to learn anything else about him.
Here’s a snapshot of professional and personal details about Walton. He is being sued by former sports reporter Kelli Tennant over an encounter in a Santa Monica hotel room.
- He is married to Bre Ladd. Ladd and Walton met at the University of Arizona in 2002, where they were both varsity athletes: Ladd played volleyball, Walton basketball.
- While they met in 2002, they didn’t start dating until 2005, and Walton proposed in 2012, according to a Brides.com profile of their wedding.
- Ladd and Walton were married in 2013, and they have two children.
- Walton played for 10 seasons in the NBA and won a pair of titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the son of basketball hall of famer Bill Walton.
- He was drafted by the Lakers in 2003, the same year Lakers star Kobe Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old hotel employee in Eagle, Colorado. The case against Bryant was dropped after his accuser declined to testify. Bryant admitted to having sex with the woman but denied the assault allegation.
- In 2008, a 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stalking Walton after she drove up next to his car and pretended to fire gunshots at him with her hand, police said. The woman was eventually sentenced to probation.
- After his playing days were over, Walton moved on to coaching. He won two rings as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors and then coached the Lakers from 2016 to 2019.