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Travis Walton joined Tom Izzo's staff as a student assistant in 2010 and allegedly punched a woman in the face during an altercation an an East Lansing bar that year.

The Los Angeles Clippers have placed former Michigan State standout Travis Walton on administrative leave after he was named in an explosive ESPN "Outside the Lines" report earlier Friday, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Walton is an assistant coach for the Clippers' G-League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, Calif.

Wojnarowski reported Walton was on leave "pending further investigation."

Walton, 30, was a key player in leading Michigan State to the 2009 Final Four at Ford Field in Detroit.

After graduation, he had a brief pro career that included a stint with the Pistons' 2009 Summer League team, before joining Tom Izzo's staff as a student assistant in 2010.

That year, according to "Outside the Lines," Walton allegedly got into an altercation at an East Lansing bar and punched a woman in the face. Walton denied the claims, and the charges were ultimately dropped.

Later in 2010, according to "Outside the Lines," Walton and two other Michigan State basketball players were accused of rape. Walton denied those allegations, as well.

Walton, of Lima, Ohio, was a guard who played at Michigan State from 2005-09, earning Big Ten defensive player of the year honors in 2009. In four seasons, he averaged 4.2 points, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.

After his time on staff at Michigan State, Walton continued his playing career, briefly in Germany, and then back in the United States through 2012, for three G-League teams.

He got back into coaching in 2014, with Idaho of the G-League. That team relocated to Salt Lake City, and he was on staff until this summer, when he was hired by the Clippers.