Travis Walton releases statement on ESPN’s Outside The Lines report

Former Michigan State basketball player Travis Walton was named in ESPN’s bombshell Outside The Lines report. The former Spartans’ guard was accused of hitting a woman.

Walton allegedly hit a woman named Ashley Thompson, who was a junior at MSU, in 2010. The OTL report also said Walton, who played at MSU from 2005-09, was serving as an undergraduate assistant coach.

Thompson says she lost consciousness, and by the time she woke up, bouncers already had removed Walton from the bar. She made a police report that evening. Thompson made two trips to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion, bruises and scrapes, according to medical records provided to Outside the Lines.

An East Lansing Police Department report includes statements from two witnesses who confirmed Thompson’s account. Two days later, officers issued an arrest warrant for Walton for misdemeanor assault and battery. Walton pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Feb. 23, 2010, and the presiding judge ruled that he was “OK to travel with the MSU basketball team” while his case was pending.

On April 21, 2010, almost three weeks after the Spartans lost to Butler in the Final Four, Walton’s assault and battery case was dismissed, and he instead pleaded guilty to a civil infraction for littering.

Walton’s name came up in another allegation later. He was accused of raping a woman with two other Michigan State players.

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Tom Izzo was asked about Walton following Michigan State’s win at Maryland on Sunday. He said he didn’t remember why Walton left MSU, other than he graduated. Izzo is accused of keeping him on his staff despite these allegations.

Walton has released a statement on the report, denying everything. You can read it below:

Izzo has repeatedly said he has cooperated with every investigation and will continue to do so. He’s not giving any other details at this point.

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