Per the New York Post, Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis is being investigated for a 2018 rape that allegedly occurred in his apartment building the night he tore his ACL, February 7, 2018.
The story, which you can read here and contains much more detail, says that the accuser, who lived in Porzingis’ building at the time, came forward this past Thursday. Reportedly, Porzingis had offered to pay her for her silence and then reneged. The NYPD Special Victims Division is currently investigating.
Porzingis’ attorney has issued a statement and unequivocally denies the allegations:
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in an emailed statement to the New York Post said that the team is aware and “has been instructed by federal authorities not to comment.” If you read Porzingis’ attorney’s statement closely, it seems clear that they referred the accuser’s alleged extortion demands to federal law enforcement back in December — before the accuser came forward with the rape claim.
This rape allegation comes at a time when the Mavericks are still trying to clean up their own image as a result of the recent harassment scandal where team employees repeatedly created a hostile environment for their female employees.
We will not speculate on whether either the extortion or rape allegations have merit, since there are pending investigations on both.
This story was updated from the original version to include Porzingis’ attorney’s statement and some additional commentary.