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Kings and NBA announce joint investigation of Luke Walton allegations

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The team has hired an independent investigator experienced in dealing with sexual harassment allegations.

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This morning the Kings announced that they and the NBA have commenced a joint investigation into the allegations against Kings head coach Luke Walton.

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Kings and the National Basketball Association announced today that they have commenced a joint investigation into the allegations contained in a civil lawsuit filed Monday against Kings Head Coach Luke Walton.

The Kings have hired Sue Ann Van Dermyden, founding partner of Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux, who is an expert on employment law with decades of experience in conducting investigations, and Jennifer Doughty, a veteran investigator and senior associate attorney at Van Dermyden Maddux. They will lead the Kings investigatory team.

The NBA’s investigatory team will be led by Elizabeth Maringer, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Integrity and Investigations. Prior to joining the NBA, Ms. Maringer served 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, including three as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation.

Sue Ann Van Dermyden has a history of working on these types of situations in Sacramento, having been hired by the California Senate to investigate allegations of harassment. She also authored “One Year Later: Investigations in the Post-Weinstein Era” for a 2018 American Employment Law Council conference, which provides a fascinating look into how these investigations typically go and the responsibilities of the investigators. I would highly recommend giving it a read.