Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis has been accused of rape, stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in his New York City apartment last year, just hours after he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, eight months after the 29-year-old woman claimed she was raped by Porzingis, she contacted the Knicks' legal department in an effort to "mediate in private" a payment of $68,000. Woj reports that no criminal complaint had been filed with New York police at that time, and the Knicks eventually referred the woman to Porzingis' personal legal representation.
ESPN obtained text messages between the woman and Porzingis, as well as emails between her and the Knicks. The woman, who lived in the same building as Porzingis, claims she went over to his apartment to get an autograph.
After asking the Knicks in October to help her get the $68,000 from Porzingis, the woman emailed the Knicks a series of text messages that included Porzingis' invitation to visit his apartment the night of the alleged assault. Porzingis told her that he was "drunk," according to the texts. The woman agreed to come to his apartment, responding: "I'm not fancy at all. I'm in flip-flops and a night dress. I'm basic. ..."
"After what the woman told the Knicks was an "extremely aggressive encounter," she said Porzingis agreed to co-sign a statement with her that promised his payment of $68,000.
Porzingis' attorney, in a statement to ESPN, said he believes the document is "a forgery."
TMZ Sports offered the following update on the investigation:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the alleged victim told cops Porzingis pinned her down on a bed in his guest room, penetrated her vagina with his penis and then got violent.
The woman told cops he hit her in the face several times, spit on her, called her “my bitch” and “my slave” and said he owned her. We’re told the accuser claims he stopped assaulting her as she was putting up a fight.
Porzingis' attorney, Roland G. Riopelle, said in a statement Saturday, "We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis [on Thursday] and unequivocally deny the allegations."
Kristaps Porzingis Accused Of Rape By Woman In New York: Report
The NYPD has launched a probe into rape accusations made by one of Kristaps’ former neighbors in NYC.
Kristaps Porzingis’s attorney is addressing accusations that his client raped a woman in New York City over a year ago. According to a report published by the New York Post, the accuser’s yearlong wait to report the crime rested on the shoulders of a hush money package she was hoping to garner from the former Knicks forward, believed to be close somewhere in the range of $68,000.
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“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Porzingis’ attorney Roland Riopelle told the press. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on Dec. 20, 2018, based on the accuser’s extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago, and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement.”
According to the police report filed the woman, both she and Porzingis lived in the same building when the alleged attack took place. Apparently, Porzingis had invited her to his apartment, literally just a few hours after coming down with his debilitating ACL injury. 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.
Marc Cuban Calls Kristaps Porzingis A Unicorn, Says "He’ll F***Ing Crush It"
Porzingis is set to come back next season.
The NBA world was subjected to shock and awe when the New York Knicks traded their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, to the Dallas Mavericks. Porzingis hadn't played this season thanks to an injury and hasn't been able to suit up for the Mavericks yet. With rookie of the year candidate Luka Doncic on the Mavs, fans are excited to see what the team will look like once Porzingis gets on the court. One of the people who is giddy at the idea is Mavericks owner Marc Cuban.
"(We expect him) to f-ing crush it (next season)," Cuban said, ESPN. "We're looking for The Unicorn to unicii. I don't know if that's a word, but that's what we expect."
Ever since the trade back in February, the Mavericks have been very attentive to Porzingis' injury as they don't want to rush him back to the court. For Porzingis, this is a good thing as he wants to be healthy for a potential playoff run next season.
"There's no rush," Porzingis said at the time of the trade. "I've been patient this whole time and I'm going to keep staying patient, which is one of the hardest things for me to do. We're going to make the right decisions."
The Mavericks will surely need Porzingis as they are currently ranked 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 29-46.
New York Knicks Cancel "Latvian Heritage Night" After Trading Porzingis
Latn Night no extra at MSG.
The New York Knicks have formally cancelled "Latn Heritage Night," which was scheduled to be held on February 24 after they play the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden.
Of course, with a sure 7'three Latn now not a member of the Knicks roster, the group felt it pointless to host such an occasion.
The Knicks beforehand hosted French Heritage Night, in honor of Frank Ntilikina, on December 9 and most just lately acknowledged Mario Hezonja throughout Croatian Heritage Night, on January 11. Heritage Night or no Heritage Night, there hasn't been a lot of a cause for Knicks followers to go to MSG this season anyway.
The Knicks suffered a 126-111 loss at residence to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday evening, marking their 18th straight loss. The workforce heads into the All-Star break with an NBA-worst 10-47 document, having misplaced 26 of their final 27 video games.
They have not tasted victory since January four, after they defeated the LeBron-less Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. If you are searching for their final win at The Garden, you'd should go all the way in which again to December 21, after they beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-107.
Kristaps Porzingis And Mark Cuban Already Looking Towards Long-Term Deal
Porzingis appears to be excited to be in Dallas.
Last week the New York Knicks shocked the basketball world by buying and selling their 7’three” celebrity Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in change for some cap area and Dennis Smith Jr. in addition to DeAndre Jordan. While Porzingis is out with an ACL damage, he’s already being acclimated to Dallas and in a brand new press convention with Mavs proprietor Mark Cuban, it’s being revealed that he intends to play in Texas long-term.
According to ESPN, Porzingis was requested if he desires to play in Dallas for the lengthy haul, Cuban interjected saying “I can reply that for you. Yeah, he does.” Porzingis than adopted up by saying “We’re on the identical web page. Don’t even ask.”
Later on, within the press convention, Porzingis talked in regards to the prospects and alternatives which are obtainable with the Mavs.
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“I get excited each time I give it some thought,” Porzingis stated. “I actually suppose we may be one thing particular. I take into consideration basketball 24/7, and I actually see us being very particular on the court docket and enjoyable to observe, so I am enthusiastic about it.”
ESPN then caught as much as Cuban after the presser to ask if he is fearful that Porzingis could finally signal elsewhere.
“It’s not a priority I’ve,” Cuban stated to ESPN. “Everything thus far, all of the conversations thus far, have been very constructive. Unless it is one thing that we do not count on pops up, hopefully, he’ll be a Maverick for the following 20 years.”
The Mavericks are ranked 12th within the Western Conference with a report of 24-28.
David Fizdale Impressed By Dennis Smith Jr. In First Game With Knicks
The Knicks proceed to lose however at the least their new participant performed properly.
After a tumultuous time in Dallas following the drafting of Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith Jr. was traded final week to the New York Knicks in a deal that noticed Kristaps Porzingis develop into a Maverick. Smith Jr. performed his first recreation with the Knicks on Sunday and whereas the crew misplaced 96-84 by the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies, Knicks head coach David Fizdale was impressed with how the brand new Knick performed.
"The early foul bother was robust," Fizdale said after the sport. "I believed he got here out of the gate instantly able to go and seemed like he was about to get off to an ideal begin, after which he bought the early two fouls. I’ll let you know what: He undoubtedly has a gear. A critical velocity gear. He sees the ground properly. I see a child that undoubtedly has one thing to develop."
Smith Jr. completed the sport with eight factors, 6 assists, and three rebounds in 26 minutes of taking part in time. After the sport, Smith Jr. defined what it means to him to be given an opportunity to play in New York.
"I’m simply grateful to be right here," Smith stated based on Sporting News. "I went via the draft course of. I got here as much as New York for a bit and I went out to dinner with [then general manager] Steve Mills and we had a extremely good time. We constructed a strong relationship. It was already written. I’m simply making an attempt to hit the bottom working."
The Knicks have continued to wrestle this season as they boast the worst report within the NBA at 10-42.
Dirk Nowitzki And Luka Doncic React To Kristaps Porzingis Trade
The Mavericks are an enormous fan of the previous Knick.
The New York Knicks shocked the basketball world yesterday once they dealt Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in trade for Dennis Smith Jr and a few cap house. It was a transfer that had basketball followers, particularly Knick followers break up down the center but when there may be one group that loves it, it is the Dallas Mavericks.
Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki and rookie Luka Doncic each shared their ideas on the commerce Thursday evening.
"If you may have an opportunity so as to add a franchise-caliber participant like Porzingis you've got simply gotta go for it," Nowitzki stated based on ESPN. "He's cell sufficient to play the four. He is usually a unfold 5. He can transfer, block photographs, publish. Before he acquired harm he performed an awesome all-around recreation. He's acquired the work ethic to be nice. He's a great dude."
Doncic echoed those self same sentiments saying that he thinks Porzingis has a ton of potential.
"He's such an incredible participant, so this could possibly be a great factor," Doncic defined. "He's large, he can shoot, he can rebound, he can do plenty of issues. I believe he could be among the best gamers on this league."
The Dallas Mavericks are presently hovering on the backside of the Western Conference standings, whereas the Knicks are final place in the whole league.
New York Knicks Roasted On Social Media For Kristaps Porzingis Trade
It simply retains on getting worse for the Knicks.
At 10-40 on the season, it was clear that the New York Knicks felt as if they wanted to do one thing and after studies that Kristaps Porzingis wasn't proud of the course of the franchise, they determined to deal him to the Dallas Mavericks. The commerce info was damaged by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski who reported that Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr and Courtney Lee have been dealt to the Mavs in alternate for Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan, and Wesley Matthews.
Fans of the New York Knicks have been instantly upset by the information, whereas the entire pundits on the market took the chance to touch upon how poorly the New York Knicks have been managed through the years. Porzingis has been out with an ACL damage however would simply have been there greatest participant had he been wholesome. Now the staff shall be with out the most effective gamers they've had since Carmelo Anthony.
With their abysmal file, the Knicks are at the moment in final place within the NBA which suggests they might have the most effective odds at successful the draft lottery. So far it appears as if Zion Williamson of Duke would go first general, so not less than Knicks followers have one thing to look ahead to.
Check out a number of the reactions beneath.
New York Knicks Trade Kristaps Porzingis: Details
That escalated shortly.
Kristaps Porzingis met with Knicks brass on Thursday and reportedly "expressed issues on the state of the franchise and his future with the group." Today, the Knicks agreed to commerce the 23-year previous huge man.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have agreed to commerce Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks in trade for Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. The information broke moments in the past and Woj notes that there could also be extra draft picks included within the deal.
Porzingis was averaging a career-best 22.7 factors per recreation final season earlier than he went down with an ACL harm previous to the All-Star break. He has not performed this season, and is scheduled to turn out to be a restricted free agent this summer time.
The Knicks are sitting at the underside of the NBA this season with a 10-40 document, whereas the Mavericks are 12th within the Western Conference at 23-27.
Kristaps Porzingis Wants Out Of New York: Report
The Knicks are final place within the NBA.
Being in final place just isn't enjoyable and no different workforce within the NBA understands that greater than the New York Knicks proper now. At 10-40, the Knicks are having certainly one of their worst seasons in franchise historical past and have been the laughing inventory of the league this yr. The workforce has even been benching Enes Kanter, a participant that provides them a greater likelihood at profitable each evening. Perhaps the workforce's struggles could be chalked as much as Kristaps Porzingis' ACL damage. It is unsure if he'll need to miss your entire season and his presence has most actually been missed. Well, the Knicks fortunes could have gotten so much worse as a result of based on Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Porzingis is likely to be on his means out.
Woj reported that Porzingis met with the Knicks and outlined some issues concerning the workforce and the way they proceed to lose. From there, it grew to become obvious that Kristaps now not desires to be part of the workforce and that the Knicks will look into buying and selling him earlier than the February seventh commerce deadline.