Woj: Knicks Told Mavericks of Kristaps Porzingis Rape Allegation on Trade Call

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2019

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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The New York Knicks informed the Dallas Mavericks of the pending rape allegation against Kristaps Porzingis prior to the teams' Jan. 31 trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Wojnarowski added that the NBA league office was also aware of the allegation prior to Saturday's report by the New York Post's Tina Moore.

Per Moore, a woman told authorities a sexual assault happened on Feb. 7, 2018, hours after Porzingis suffered a torn ACL in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The woman, who lived in the same building as Porzingis, reportedly told police that he visited her around 2 a.m. and invited her to his room, where he allegedly raped her.

According to Moore, the woman said she did not initially file a report because Porzingis offered $68,000 "to pay for her brother's college tuition—but then reneged."

On Saturday night, Porzingis' lawyer issued a statement denying the claims and saying they had "made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on Dec. 20, 2018, based on the accuser's extortionate demands," via Bleacher Report's Howard Beck:

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Statement from lawyer for Kristaps Porzingis: https://t.co/UyYnrHBhdz

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban acknowledged in an email to the New York Post that his team was aware of the allegation against the player.

"We have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment," Cuban told the New York Post.

Porzingis has yet to play in an NBA game, either for New York or Dallas, in the 13-plus months since tearing his ACL. Cuban let it be known following the trade that the forward was not expected to return to the court at all this season.

Porzingis, 23, will be a restricted free agent this summer, though both he and Cuban said at the introductory press conference last month that they expected him to re-sign with the club.