Report: NYPD investigating Kristaps Porzingis for alleged rape hours after 2018 ACL tear

The New York Police Department is currently investigating Kristaps Porzingis after claims that he allegedly raped his neighbor in 2018, just hours after he tore his ACL while playing with the New York Knicksaccording to Tina Moore of the New York Post.

According to the report, Porzingis returned home to his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 7, 2018, after the 23-year-old tore his ACL against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden — an injury that he is still recovering from. Porzingis allegedly visited a neighbor’s apartment in the same building around 2 a.m. and invited her back to his apartment. That’s when he allegedly “held her down and raped her,” per the report.

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Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kristaps Porzingis (SPN) reacts after being selected as the number four overall pick to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2015; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during media day at NY Knicks practice facility. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2015; New York, NY, USA;New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel (4) in the 2nd half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 99-87. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) gets a rebound during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
March 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson (33) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) takes a shot over Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) Boston Celtics during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knick forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates winning the skills challenge during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) during the first half of the game at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) look on the bench during game against Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) locks arms with teammates during the national anthem before a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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The woman officially made her allegation on Thursday afternoon, and is considered both credible and “believable,” per the report. She reportedly admitted to police that she discussed receiving $68,000 in “hush money” from Porzingis. That money, she said, was initially promised to her from Porzingis to pay for her brother’s college tuition, though Porzingis later “reneged” on the promise, per the report. It’s unclear if money ever changed hands.

Representatives for Porzingis declined to comment to the New York Post about the accusation. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — who successfully agreed to a trade to land the 7-foot-3 center in January — said they have been made aware of the accusation. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks informed the Mavericks about the allegations on the official trade call, and that the league had been made aware of them before that time.

“We have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment,” Cuban wrote in an email to the New York Post.

Porzingis' attorney, Roland G. Riopelle, issued a statement to ESPN on Saturday afternoon saying that they have been aware of the investigation for months.

"We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Riopelle said in the statement. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 20th, 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."

Porzingis averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 48 games that season for the Knicks, his third in the league. He is expected to return to the court at full strength next season in Dallas.

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