National Basketball Association superstar Kristaps Porzingis denies rape claim: lawyer

The New York Knicks are believed to have informed the Dallas Mavericks of the rape allegations before they consented to their trade on January 31st.

A lawyer for Porzingis, who now plays for the Dallas Mavericks, said the player denies the allegation "unequivocally".

According to the New York Post, Porzingis is accused by the woman of raping her on February 7, 2018, just hours after the Latvian player suffered a tear on his ACL. Porzingis was drafted by the Knicks in 2013. The Post reports that she brought the claims to the NYPD this past Thursday, which consider her claims credible and "believable". After a careful investigation of the allegation, we shared our results with the National Basketball Association, the Knicks, and ultimately the Mavericks as well.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in an email to the Post, said the team is aware of the accusation, but "we have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment". In it, he says a formal referral to federal law enforcement was made on December 20, 2018, "based on the accuser's extortionate demands".

The woman, who reportedly lived in the same building, said she had accepted an invitation to Porzingis' apartment prior to the alleged attack. He then invited the woman to his luxury Manhattan apartment where she alleges she was sexually assaulted, the Post said the woman told police.

The woman - who is in her 20s and also lived in the building - told cops the National Basketball Association star visited her apartment at around 2 a.m., and that she accepted his invitation to go back to his posh pad. She said the money would have been used to pay her brother's tuition and the potential payment was why she waited over a year to report the incident.

The case has reportedly been taken over by the NYPD's Special Victims Division.

It was unclear if any money ever changed hands between the two, the New York Post reported.

  • Angelo Rivera