NBPA ‘Stand With’ Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis Amid Rape Allegations

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 26: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 26, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts issued a statement on behalf of the organization in response to allegations against Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis, who has been accused of assaulting and raping a woman.

Ian Begley of ESPN relayed the statement:

According to Tina Moore of the New York Post, a woman reportedly told the New York Police Department on Thursday that Porzingis held her against her will and raped her at his Sky building in Manhattan on Feb. 7, 2018.

At the time, the forward played for the New York Knicks.

Moore provided more information about the NYPD’s reported belief in her credibility:

“Investigators consider her credible, one high-ranking NYPD source told The Post.

“The accuser is ‘believable,’ the source said, even though she did not report the alleged attack until more than a year later and has admitted to cops that she discussed getting $68,000 in hush money from the multimillionaire basketballer.

Porzingis’ attorney, Roland G. Riopelle, issued a statement (h/t Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today) to numerous media outlets in response to the allegation denying the claims.

“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations. We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 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. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.”


This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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March 31, 2019 at 09:18PM

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