Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks during the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on January 21, 2019, in New York City.
Kristaps Porzingis's attorney is addressing accusations that his client raped a woman in New York City over a year ago. A source told the Post that the woman admitted to police that she discussed getting $68,000 in hush money from Porzingis.
According to the Post, the woman lived in the same building as Porzingis and said he showed up at her unit around 2 a.m. The accuser is considered "believable", according to the source.
"We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations", Riopelle said. In it, he says a formal referral to federal law enforcement was made on December 20, 2018, "based on the accuser's extortionate demands".
According to the Associated Press, Porzingis' lawyer, Roland Riopelle, said the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An NBA spokesman said the league is aware of the situation.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian allegedly unleashed the brutal attack February 7, 2018 inside his penthouse at the soaring Sky building in Midtown West, hours after suffering a devastating knee injury that ended his season and has had him out for the entire 2018-2019 season. She reportedly hesitated to come forward for fear of hurting the center's National Basketball Association career.
Porzingis was traded to the Mavericks earlier this year, but he has yet to play for them, as he still is recovering from his injury.
Cuban declined further comment when contacted by ESPN.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Post that the team is aware of the allegations against Porzingis.