Names In The News
Former Spectrum SportsNet reporter KELLI TENNANT filed to have her lawsuit against NBA Kings coach LUKE WALTON "dismissed this week." The request came "nearly four months after the NBA's investigation into Tennant's allegations of sexual assault against Walton found insufficient evidence to support Tennant's claims." She did "not cooperate with the league's investigation." Tennant had "accused Walton of sexually assaulting her in his hotel room" in '14 while he was Warriors assistant coach. Walton later became Lakers coach, and Tennant "alleged that he intimidated her throughout his time" in that role (L.A. TIMES, 12/6).
COURT REPORT: The NHLPA is "accused of covering up a theft of more than $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives." The allegations are included in an $8.7M "wrongful dismissal case" filed Nov. 3 by former NHLPA Technical Support Analyst ALLAN ETHERINGTON, who worked for the NHLPA from '08-'19. Etherington is seeking $4M for general damages, $2.5M in "punitive damages" and "additional damages for future income loss and earning capacity." The NHLPA "denied Etherington's claims" (TSN.ca, 12/6).
NAMES: Univ. of Tennessee AD Emeritus JOAN CRONAN is the '20 winner of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award presented by the Louisiana Sports HOF and will be honored on June 27 (La Sports HOF)....Washington State has "reached an agreement on a contract extension" with football coach MIKE LEACH. His '20 compensation will be $4M, while the following four years he also is scheduled to make $4M per year (NBCSPORTS.com, 12/5)....Late MLBPA Exec Dir MARVIN MILLER has "just been enshrined" in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in DC. The 25 portraits in this year's class also include late Olympian WILMA RUDOLPH (SI.com, 12/5)....Heat coach ERIK SPOELSTRA and wife, NIKKI, announced the birth of their son, DANTE, on Thursday evening (MIAMI HERALD, 12/6).