New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis
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Kristaps Porzingis is alleging extortion after a woman accused the former New York Knicks star of raping her in 2018.

Danny Small

Kristaps Porzingis is engulfed in controversy after reports surfaced that the NYPD was investigating him for rape. The alleged incident is said to have occurred on the same night Porzingis tore his ACL as a member of the New York Knicks.

Porzingis and his camp are denying the accusations. Furthermore, he is alleging that this woman attempted to extort him.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the woman presented a contract between her and Porzingis and hoped that the Knicks would mediate the situation. Porzingis’ lawyers believe the contract in question was forged.

“We have been contacted by the district attorney’s office, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation,” Riopelle told ESPN through a spokesman. “We have agreed to provide the district attorney’s office with the materials that we previously provided to the federal authorities in support of our extortion complaint. We are confident that, after the district attorney reviews these materials, they will recognize that the complaint made in this case is completely meritless.”

New York Knicks

Of course, the allegations are the most important aspect of this story, but there is new information regarding the blockbuster trade between the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks.

Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News is reporting that sources are saying that the two teams discussed the situation before agreeing to the deal. But according to Townsend’s sources, the term “extortion” was used, but never “rape.”

“One of the sources said that the Knicks told the Mavericks during the call that they had known of the alleged extortion attempt, but were convinced that Porzingis was telling the truth,” Townsend writes. “The Mavericks also were told that the FBI was investigating, and the nature of the investigation.”

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle recently spoke about Porzingis’ situation, but he offered no comment on the allegations.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale was asked about the situation prior to Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls but he offered no comment.


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