Former Michigan State basketball player and grad assistant Travis Walton has been placed on leave from his position as an assistant with the Clippers G League team “pending further investigation,” according to multiple reports.
The Los Angeles Clippers have placed Travis Walton, an assistant coach with team's G-League affiliate, on administrative leave "pending further investigation." Walton has emerged as part of the Michigan State basketball probe.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2018
L.A. Clippers have placed Travis Walton, assistant coach of the team’s G League affiliate, on administrative leave pending further investigation. https://t.co/4f6KXOvNb9
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 26, 2018
Part of ESPN’s piece on Michigan State released on Friday detailed two separate accusations against Walton from 2010, while he was a graduate assistant with the Spartans basketball program. The first allegation was that he punched a female Michigan State student at a bar, after which he was arrested. Walton was allowed to travel with the team while his case was being litigated. The charges of assault and battery were ultimately lifted, and he pleaded guilty to littering.
Later in 2010, Walton and two players were named in a sexual assault report made by a woman to the athletic department. He was fired, while the other players were not suspended or punished, according to ESPN.
Walton assumed his position as a graduate assistant after playing four years for Tom Izzo’s Michigan State basketball program. He was named the 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.