بررسی تمام جنبه های تحقیق لوک والتون و در نظر گرفتن مراحل بعدی


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Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted and repeatedly harassed former Spectrum SportsNet reporter Kelli Tennant, the NBA and Kings announced on Friday that there was “not a sufficient basis to support the allegations.” The investigation is now closed, though could be re-opened should additional evidence surface.” data-reactid=”31″ type=”text”>After a four-month investigation into a claim that Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted and repeatedly harassed former Spectrum SportsNet reporter Kelli Tennant, the NBA and Kings announced on Friday that there was “not a sufficient basis to support the allegations.” The investigation is now closed, though could be re-opened should additional evidence surface.

The investigation was led by two accomplished attorneys: Elizabeth Maringer, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and currently the league’s senior vice president and assistant general counsel for integrity and investigations, and Sue Ann Van Dermyden, a Sacramento-based attorney with deep expertise in employment law and workplace investigations. Maringer and Van Dermyden interviewed more than 20 people, including Walton, and examined numerous sources of evidence.

Through her counsel, Tennant, 31, declined multiple invitations to be interviewed by Maringer and Van Dermyden. In April, Tennant sued Walton, 39, in Los Angeles Superior Court for assault, battery, sexual violence and related claims. The case remains on the docket and could lead to developments that spur the NBA and Kings to re-open their investigation.

previously detailed Tennant’s accusations. In brief, Walton and Tennant have known each for years. Tennant claims that Walton wrote the foreword to Tennant’s 2014 book, The Transition: Every Athlete’s Guide to Life After Sports. Through his attorney, Mark Baute, Walton disputes this assertion. “Mr. Walton,” Baute wrote in his client’s answer to Tennant’s complaint, “did not write the foreword of the pamphlet/book at issue.”” data-reactid=”55″ type=”text”>The Crossover previously detailed Tennant’s accusations. In brief, Walton and Tennant have known each for years. Tennant claims that Walton wrote the foreword to Tennant’s 2014 book, The Transition: Every Athlete’s Guide to Life After Sports. Through his attorney, Mark Baute, Walton disputes this assertion. “Mr. Walton,” Baute wrote in his client’s answer to Tennant’s complaint, “did not write the foreword of the pamphlet/book at issue.”

Golden State Warriors at the time—met with Tennant at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. The Warriors were staying at this hotel for a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers.” data-reactid=”56″ type=”text”>Regardless, several months after the book’s publication, Walton—who was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors at the time—met with Tennant at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. The Warriors were staying at this hotel for a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The meeting, as depicted in Tennant’s complaint, was intended for Tennant to give a copy of her book to Walton in the hotel lobby—and nothing more. Walton’s answer maintains that Tennant requested the meeting. As remembered by Walton, Tennant merely wanted to “say hello” to him in person.

Tennant recalls that after she arrived, Walton urged her to join him in a discussion in his hotel room. She felt comfortable with the invitation, in part because Walton was married with children and in part because Tennant had known Walton’s wife, Bre Ladd Walton, for a long time.

After a few minutes of small talk in Walton’s hotel room, Tennant charges that Walton became sexually violent. According to Tennant’s retelling, the 6’8″, 235-pound Walton suddenly pinned her on the bed and then forcibly kissed her on the face, neck and chest and groped her breasts and groin area. Walton did so, Tennant maintains, while she repeatedly yelled at him to “stop it.”

Walton’s answer, which was filed in court on July 3, offers a completely different depiction of the hotel meeting. The answer asserts that the “encounter” between Walton and Tennant “was very short, entirely pleasant and consensual, and did not involve any raised voices or grabbing/groping/restraining of her arms, hands or her person, nor did it involve any awkwardness, and was platonic in nature.” In addition, the answer stresses that Tennant “did not ever complain to Mr. Walton or to anyone else, including law enforcement, about any aspect of the visit that she initiated.”

Tennant’s complaint also accuses Walton of sexually inappropriate conduct after he became head coach of the Lakers in 2016. Tennant would regularly interact with Walton due to her work as a host of live studio shows for Lakers games and a reporter for the team’s pre- and post-game coverage. She insists that Walton often “tried to impose himself” by hugging and kissing her. Tennant also recalls Walton looking at her in sexually suggestive ways and making lewd remarks while in her presence.

successfully defended Derrick Rose in a sexual assault civil trial, asserts that Tennant’s assertions are “outrageous” and lack any evidence. In the answer he wrote for Walton, Baute insists that Tennant often didn’t show up for work. “Ms. Tennant,” the answer notes, “had a chronic absentee problem while working part-time at Spectrum Sports, and she voluntarily quit her job for reasons unrelated to Walton.” Further, the answer maintains that Tennant is suing Walton “because she needs money.” In that same vein, the answer charges that Tennant waited too long to sue Walton under California’s statute of limitations.” data-reactid=”66″ type=”text”>Baute, who successfully defended Derrick Rose in a sexual assault civil trial, asserts that Tennant’s assertions are “outrageous” and lack any evidence. In the answer he wrote for Walton, Baute insists that Tennant often didn’t show up for work. “Ms. Tennant,” the answer notes, “had a chronic absentee problem while working part-time at Spectrum Sports, and she voluntarily quit her job for reasons unrelated to Walton.” Further, the answer maintains that Tennant is suing Walton “because she needs money.” In that same vein, the answer charges that Tennant waited too long to sue Walton under California’s statute of limitations.

Tennant’s allegations describe incidents that occurred before the Kings hired Walton as head coach in April. The Kings were nonetheless crucial to the investigation given that they employ Walton. An adverse finding by Maringer and Van Dermyden could have led the Kings to fire Walton for cause.

Tennant’s complaint, as drafted by attorneys Garo Mardirossian and David deRubertis, describes the NBA as a hostile environment for women and one that ought to be exposed in the #MeToo era. “Like women in so many other industries, from Hollywood to politics, women connected to the NBA,” the complaint alleges, “have long had to suffer in silence through the indignities of gender abuse and sexual exploitation at the hands of famous, wealthy and powerful men.”

The NBA has factual grounds to challenge this depiction. Of the major pro leagues, the NBA is the most gender inclusive. Through the WNBA, the NBA is the only league to launch and finance a companion league for women players. Also, more and more NBA teams, including the Boston Celtics (Kara Lawson), Cleveland Cavaliers (Lindsay Gottlieb), Dallas Mavericks (Jenny Boucek), Indiana Pacers (Kelly Krauskopf) and San Antonio Spurs (Becky Hammon), employ women in full-time roles as either coaches or front office executives. There are also several women, including Lauren Holtkamp and Ashley Moyer-Gleich, who are NBA referees.

told The Economic Club of Washington D.C. that he would like to see about half of new referees and coaches be women. Silver has also partnered with the NBA with LeanIn.org for various programing, including public service announcements on “the critical role that men play in achieving gender equality.” Also under Sliver’s watch, the league instituted a hotline for employees of the league or franchises to confidentially report concerns of workplace misconduct.” data-reactid=”71″ type=”text”>Meanwhile, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has prioritized the development of pathways for women to obtain leadership roles in basketball. In May, Silver told The Economic Club of Washington D.C. that he would like to see about half of new referees and coaches be women. Silver has also partnered with the NBA with LeanIn.org for various programing, including public service announcements on “the critical role that men play in achieving gender equality.” Also under Sliver’s watch, the league instituted a hotline for employees of the league or franchises to confidentially report concerns of workplace misconduct.

The NBA, along with the National Basketball Players’ Association, have also crafted pro sports’ most detailed workplace policy for combatting violence against women and children. Under Exhibit F of the collective bargaining agreement, acts of domestic violence are explicitly distinguished from other types of personal misconduct. They are also governed by a set of rules designed by health and legal experts.

maintained that he is “completely innocent.”” data-reactid=”73″ type=”text”>That’s not to say the NBA hasn’t encountered issues with a hostile work environment for women employees. In 2007, a jury awarded $11.6 million in damages to former New York Knicks employee Anucha Browne Sanders after finding that she had suffered sexual harassment in the Knicks workplace. Sanders had sued Knicks owner James Dolan, Cablevision (the parent company of the Knicks and Madison Square Garden) and former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas for hostile work environment and retaliation. According to Sanders, Thomas called her a “b—h” and a “h-.” The defendants appealed the jury’s verdict but reached a settlement with Sanders before the appeal was heard. Thomas has maintained that he is “completely innocent.”

revealed by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther in a 2018 Sports Illustrated exclusive, women employed by the Mavericks accused former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery of misogynistic and predatory sexual behavior.” data-reactid=”74″ type=”text”>The Dallas Mavericks provide a more recent example of an NBA franchise described as having a hostile workplace for women. As revealed by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther in a 2018 Sports Illustrated exclusive, women employed by the Mavericks accused former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery of misogynistic and predatory sexual behavior.

The league responded quickly. With the NBA’s blessing, the Mavericks retained two out-of-state attorneys, Evan Krutoy, a former Manhattan prosecutor who successfully tried homicide and sex crime cases, and Anne Milgram, a former Attorney General of New Jersey and assistant U.S. Attorney, to lead a probe.

Krutoy and Milgram were given complete access to Mavericks’ witnesses and evidence. One might be skeptical that attorneys hired by the Mavericks would find the Mavericks at fault.

Yet that is what Krutoy and Milgram concluded.

Their investigation corroborated Wertheim and Luther’s findings. Krutoy and Milgram found that improper workplace conduct occurred for years and that the Mavericks needed to change policies. In response, Mavericks governor Mark Cuban agreed to pay an amount that far exceeded the maximum fine permitted under the league constitution. He donated $10 million to organizations dedicated to curbing domestic violence and promoting opportunities for women in the workplace. The investigation into the Mavericks’ workplace culture appeared credible and thorough.

The primary purpose of Maringer and Van Dermyden’s investigation was to assess the accuracy of Tennant’s claims. Those claims center on an executive of an NBA franchise and his behavior with a person employed by a franchise’s broadcasting partner.

A workplace investigation doesn’t attempt to determine if a crime or tort (civil harm) occurred. The legal system, not private investigators, determines whether laws were broken. An employer’s probe focuses instead on whether an employee violated workplace rules and policies and, in doing so, potentially created legal risk for the employer. As highlighted by the investigation into the Mavericks last year, a probe might also suggest policy changes for how employers ought to monitor and evaluate employees.

In the context of Walton, a claim that he sexually assaulted a broadcaster in a hotel while traveling with his team suggests a risk of liability for the team and the league. Employers are generally responsible for the misconduct of employees while those employees are acting within the scope of their employment. An assistant coach staying in a hotel as part of employment could be seen as acting within the scope of his employment.

Walton’s alleged interactions with Tennant while he was Lakers head coach also appear connected to his employment. Tennant’s complaint details several incidents, including one where Lakers governor Jeannie Buss was nearby as Walton allegedly “forced an aggressive hug on [Tennant], forced kisses on her check and rubbed his body against hers . . . Ms. Tennant felt helpless and violated.”

Other than in naming Walton, the NBA has not released the names of the more than 20 persons who were interviewed. It’s a safe assumption that executives responsible for supervising Walton were among those questioned. Those persons would have evaluated Walton’s job performance, which would include assessment of his treatment of co-workers and business partners. Over the relevant period of Tennant’s claims, Walton’s supervisors included Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers as well as Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and former team president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.

In addition, the investigation likely obtained access to emails on NBA team servers that may have shed light on Tennant’s claims. Likewise, investigators probably explored whether Walton has ever faced similar accusations or if Tennant’s claims are unique.

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اجباری شهود را به مصاحبه یا اشتراک گذاری ایمیل ، متون و سایر ارتباطات که ممکن است بسیار مرتبط باشد ، واگذار نکنید. “data-reagid =” 107 “type =” text “> Tennant ملزم به شرکت در تحقیقات انجام شده توسط لیگ و پادشاهان ، NBA مانند سایر نهادهای خصوصی فاقد اختیارات احضاریه است. این امر نمی تواند شاهدان را مجبور به مصاحبه کند یا ایمیل ، متونی و سایر ارتباطات را که ممکن است بسیار مرتبط باشد به اشتراک بگذارید. p>

به طور مشابه ، مصاحبه با بازرسان خصوصی شهادت نیست ، یعنی شاهد که موافقت می کند به سؤالات محققان پاسخ ندهد. دیدگاه وی تحت مجازات اعدام است. این بدان معنا نیست که شاهد دروغ گفتن است ، اما تهدید متهم به اتهام دروغ گفتن بخشی از معادله نیست. تحقیقات در محل کار به همکاری و صادق بودن داوطلبانه وابسته است. شرکت کنندگان. این تحقیقات به طور ذاتی محدود است: ممکن است برخی از شاهدان آینده از مصاحبه امتناع ورزند ، برخی از شاهدان ممکن است دروغ ، اغراق آمیز ، پنهان یا مبهوت شوند. p>

تفصیلی توسط کراس اوور em> در ماه آوریل ، تنانت و وکلای وی در نهایت ممکن است NBA و همچنین مدیرانی از Warriors و Lakers – از جمله کر ، مایرز ، را اضافه کنند Pelinka و جانسون – به عنوان متهم. وی می تواند استدلال کند که آنها در نظارت بر والتون سهل انگار بوده اند. “data-reagid =” 109 “type =” text “> محققان مخالفت با طوفان می توانند چندین نکته را منعکس کنند ، اول اینکه به عنوان تفصیلی توسط Crossover در ماه آوریل ، تنانت و وکلای وی در نهایت ممکن است NBA و همچنین مدیرانی از Warriors و Lakers – از جمله کر ، مایرز ، Pelinka و جانسون – را به عنوان متهمان اضافه کنند. .

این احتمال زمانی بیشتر شد که وکلای Tennant در تاریخ 4 ژوئن شکایت اصلاح شده را ارائه دهند. شکایت اصلاح شده ادعایی را برای سهل انگاری می افزاید. ادعای سهل انگاری ادعا می کند که متهمان هنوز به اسم مدیون Tennant از وظیفه مراقبت خودداری می کنند. وی در معرض خطر غیر منطقی در معرض آسیب قرار می دهد .این متهمان ظاهراً نتوانسته اند این وظیفه را انجام دهند در نتیجه ، وکلای Tennant می گویند “وی به ذهن و بدن او صدمات وارد کرده است ، شوک و آسیب دیدگی به سیستم عصبی و فرد و هر دو آسیب جسمی شخصی است. و رنج روحی و پریشانی عاطفی. “

با توجه به این نکته ، ممکن است وکلای Tennant نگران این باشند که مشتری آنها به سؤالات وکلا در باره لیگ حفظ شود. او برای به اشتراک گذاشتن بینش هایی که بعداً در مورد دادخواست علیه وی استفاده شد. p>

دوم ممکن است وکلای Tennant نگران این باشد که مصاحبه شبیه یک بررسی متقابل باشد.او می توانست از وی سؤالاتی را مطرح کند که وی خصمانه تلقی می کند و این ممکن است باعث شده است که او ادعاهای متناقض یا نادرست ارائه دهد تا حدی که پرونده وی به نظر می رسید. وکلا پس از سؤال ، ضعیف تر می شدند وکلا می توانند در مذاکره برای حل و فصل با والتون و بالقوه لیگ ، موقعیتی فرومایه پیدا کنند. p>

سوم ، مشخص نیست که Tennant با حضور در تحقیق لیگ چه چیزی را بدست آورده است.او با اثبات این که والتون و احتمالاً دیگران نیز قانون را نقض کرده اند ، می خواهد از طریق سیستم حقوقی اصلاح شود و پس از آن نیز خسارات پولی دریافت کند. سیستم حقوقی تلاش می کند تا یک شاکی شایسته “دوباره” را کامل کند. “تحقیقات NBA ، برعکس ، طرحی برای اصلاح Tennant طراحی نشده است. همانطور که در بالا توضیح داده شد ، این هدف مشخص شده است که آیا والتون و سایر کارمندان تیم های NBA ، قوانین لیگ را نقض می کنند. اگرچه اگر پرونده NBA والتون را مقصر بدارد ، پرونده تنان تقویت می شود و اگر پادشاهان والتون را به دلیل علت اخراج می کردند ، وکلاء مستاجر احتمالاً نزولات احتمالی (ذکر شده در بالا) را فراتر از آن می دانند. به طور بالقوه ، صعودی بالقوه است. p>

درمجموع ، آیا تناس حقیقت را می گوید و او را از مصاحبه امتناع می ورزد. به احتمال زیاد ، تصمیم او یک تصمیم دادرسی استراتژیک بود که ادعاهای او را نه تأیید و نه تأیید می کند. p>

اگرچه بیانیه منتشر شده توسط NBA و پادشاهان ممکن است به عنوان پاکسازی والتون از اقدامات بد تعبیر شود ، اما این بیانیه در واقع محدودتر است. تحقیقات به این نتیجه رسیدند که “مبنای کافی برای تأیید ادعاها وجود ندارد.” به عبارت دیگر ، لیگ اعلام نکرده است که والتون “بی گناه است”. چنین اعلامیه ای به ویژه با توجه به محدودیت های تحقیقات خصوصی مناسب نیست. این شواهد اضافی می تواند به عنوان بخشی از دادخواست Tennant ظاهر شود. p>

از زمانی که Tenant پرونده خود را توسعه می دهد ، وکلای وی ممکن است باور داشته باشند که افرادی که با محققان NBA صحبت می کنند ارائه می دهند. در هر لحظه ، پرونده می تواند تسویه حساب کند ، والتون موافقت کرد که در ازای رد کردن مطالباتش ، به تنان بپردازد. اگر اینگونه نباشد ، پرونده احتمالاً ماهها طول خواهد کشید. “data-reagid =” 118 “type =” text “> در هر لحظه ، این پرونده می تواند حل و فصل شود ، والتون موافقت کرد که در ازای رد کردن مطالباتش ، به Tennant بپردازد. اگر اینگونه نباشد ، پرونده احتمالاً ماهها طول خواهد کشید. p>

مایکل مک کان تحلیلگر حقوقی SI است. او همچنین یک وکیل و مدیر موسسه حقوقی ورزش و سرگرمی در دانشکده حقوق دانشگاه دانشگاه همپشایر فرانکلین پیرس است. em> “data-reagid =” 119 “type =” text “> Michael McCann تحلیلگر حقوقی SI است. همچنین یک وکیل و مدیر موسسه حقوقی ورزش و سرگرمی در دانشکده حقوق دانشگاه نیوهمپشایر فرانکلین پیرس.

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