Former Michigan State basketball player and assistant coach Travis Walton issued a statement Tuesday, denying reports that he had sexually assaulted a woman in April 2010 and that just a few months earlier he had punched a woman in a bar. In Friday's Outside the Lines story about sexual violence issues involving the football and basketball teams at Michigan State, it was revealed that Walton, who was working as a student assistant coach in 2010, had been accused along with two players of raping a female student. When Outside the Lines reached Walton by phone earlier this month to ask about the report, he said he wasn't familiar with it. In his statement Tuesday, he wrote the following: "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. My encounters with this woman were more than just a single occasion, and my actions with her were always consensual." On Friday, the Los Angeles Clippers placed Walton on administrative leave pending further investigation into the cases alleged while he was at Michigan State.
Travis Walton denies MSU assault allegations from 2010
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