Mark Cuban urges 'common sense' with Kristaps Porzingis rape allegation

Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks scored on perhaps the most shocking transaction of the NBA season when they traded for rising star Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks.

The Knicks shipped the 23-year-old to Dallas in January for Dennis Smith and a package of draft picks and expiring contracts.

It was a coup for the Mavericks, who picked up the budding 7-3 superstar who averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point distance before a torn ACL ended his 2017-18 season.

Mavericks bank future on Porzingis, Doncic

Porzingis wasn’t expected to be ready to play until next season, but that didn’t matter to the Mavericks. Paired with Rookie-of-the-Year favorite Luka Doncic, Porzingis arrived in Dallas to create one of the NBA’s most promising young cores.

Meanwhile, folks wondered what the Knicks were thinking. Porzingis was the franchise’s only source of tangible promise and the first decision the team had gotten right in years. The deal didn’t make sense.

The upside for New York was clearing cap space to pursue free agents in this summer’s loaded class that includes Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But those are hopes. Porzingis was real and under contract.

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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
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks participates during the Open Practice for the New York Knicks on October 1, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 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 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Rape allegation surfaces months after trade

Months later came the public rape allegation. Porzingis stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his New York home and offering her a hush money payment of $68,000 that he allegedly reneged on.

What the Mavericks knew about the allegation when they traded for Porzingis is unclear.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Knicks made the Mavericks and the NBA aware of the allegation. The Dallas Morning News contradicted Wojnarowski’s report on Sunday, citing league sources claiming the Knicks told the Mavericks of an “extortion” attempt, but did not use the word “rape” in describing the trouble surrounding Porzingis.

What is clear that there’s another serious scandal embroiling a Mavericks team that has been mired in sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations in the last two years.

And Cuban, who has been at the center of the firestorm, is willing put his name and face on the scandal.

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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban prior to the game against the Houston Rockets on December 5, 2000 at Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban prior to the game against the Houston Rockets on December 5, 2000 at Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban prior to the game against the Houston Rockets on December 5, 2000 at Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban greets Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets prior to the game on December 5, 2000 at Compaq Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
DALLAS - 2001: (L-R) Dirk Nowitzki #41, Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban and Michael Finley #4 of the Dallas Mavericks pose for a portrait circa 2001 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 2001 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, UNITED STATES: Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban celebrates a Mavericks' three-point play to end the first half of play versus the Boston Celtics at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, 22 February 2001. AFP PHOTO/Paul BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on January 17, 2001 at Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2039 -- Pictured: (l-r) American businessman Mark Cuban during an interview with host Jay Leno on April 17, 2001 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
DALLAS, UNITED STATES: Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban applauds during game action versus the Utah Jazz at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas 28 April 2001. The Mavericks beat the Jazz 94-91 to force game four in their Western Conference first round playoff series. AFP PHOTO/Paul BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
DALLAS, UNITED STATES: Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban (R) high-fives fans after the Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, 12 May 2001. The Mavericks avoided the sweep with a 112-108 victory in the best of seven Western Conference semifinal playoffs. AFP PHOTO/Paul BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
4 Apr 2002: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban cheers for his team during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Mavs won, 115-90. \ 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 2002 NBAE \ Mandatory Credit: Glenn James/NBAE/Getty Images
SACRAMENTO - MAY 6: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks shakes hands with NBC broadcaster Bill Walton before the Western Conference Semi-final game against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California on May 6, 2002. The Mavericks won 110-102. 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 2002 NBAE (Photo by: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)
DALLAS - NOVEMBER 6: Team owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks looks on while Dallas faces the Memphis Grizzlies November 6, 2004 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. Madatory Copyright: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo By Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28: Warner Indepentents' Mark Gill (L), actress Keira Knightley and exec. producer Mark Cuban pose at the after-party for the premiere of Warner Independent Pictures' 'The Jacket' at Falcon on February 28, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
DALLAS - DECEMBER 30: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks watches the game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena on December 30, 2005 in Dallas, Texas. The Warriors won 111-109. 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 2005 NBAE (Photo by Tim Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS - MAY 15: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks speaks with Chris Bosh before the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 15, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks won 123-118. 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 2006 NBAE (Photo By Tim Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands behind the Dallas bench in the opening minutes against the New York Knicks during their NBA game February 24, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Mavericks won, 110-108. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, speaks with members of the media as he exits federal court in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Cuban said he doesn't recall details of a conversation in which he was allegedly warned that information he received about a company was confidential. Photographer: Mike Fuentes/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, left, exits federal court in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Cuban goes to trial over regulators' claims he engaged in insider trading when he sold his stake in a Canadian Internet search company nine years ago. Photographer: Ben Torres/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: TV personality Mark Cuban attends the 2013 American Music Awards Powered by Dodge at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/AMA2013/Getty Images for Dodge)
The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) is hugged Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban after the Mavs' 90-82 win at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Dallas Mavericks basketball team, left, and his wife Tiffany Cuban arrive at a state dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The U.S. and China announced agreement on broad anti-hacking principles aimed at stopping the theft of corporate trade secrets though President Barack Obama pointedly said he has not ruled out invoking sanctions for violators. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Dallas Mavericks basketball team, left, and his wife Tiffany Cuban arrive at a state dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The U.S. and China announced agreement on broad anti-hacking principles aimed at stopping the theft of corporate trade secrets though President Barack Obama pointedly said he has not ruled out invoking sanctions for violators. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Cuban: ‘Use some common sense’

When speaking with reporters before Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Cuban said that he had been instructed by federal authorities to not comment on the Porzingis situation.

He then proceeded to comment in video provided by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“I will say this,” Cuban said with a grin on his face. “Some people need to do their homework and use some common sense. A little bit of common sense is so enlightening.”

When asked to elaborate on what he meant by common sense, Cuban again smiled and said “just general things, topics. It’s so enlightening.”

Cuban then again leaned on the gag order from federal authorities while declining to further elaborate.

Sexual assault allegation against Cuban

Cuban himself has been at the center of a sexual assault allegation.

Police investigated Cuban for a 2011 incident in which a woman said he “thrust his hand down the back of her jeans and penetrated her vagina with his finger” while they were posing for a photograph at a Portland, Oregon night club.

Cuban denied the allegation and was not charged due to insufficient evidence.

Cuban’s comments on top of hush money report

Cuban’s comments Monday came on the same day that ESPN reported on obtaining a copy of the alleged hush agreement between Porzingis and the alleged victim that spelled out the terms of a $68,000 payment.

Per the report:

"This agreement effective February 7, 2018, acknowledges the fact that an unexpected escalated sexual intercourse due to an inevitable physical attraction on the part of [Porzingis] occurred subsequently, warrants compensation payable towards [the woman's] siblings college tuition in the amount of $68,000.”

Cuban’s no-comment comment not so subtle

We don’t know if Cuban was aware of the specifics of the rape allegation against Porzingis when the Mavericks traded for him. Multiple reports make it clear that he did know about what was described as an “extortion” attempt against Porzingis.

Meanwhile, Cuban is making sly comments tip-toeing around the rape allegation and reported extortion language conveyed by the Knicks, leaving others to figure out what he means by “common sense.”

Given his history and the upsized hopes his franchise has invested in Porzingis, it’s not hard to do the math on what his implications are.

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